Fayette County

Agreement keeps WKYT, CW Lexington programming on Dish Network

A last-minute deal kept WKYT and the CW Lexington, Lexington’s local CBS and CW affiliates, from being dropped from the Dish Network on Tuesday night.

WKYT had warned that the channels would be unavailable to Dish customers starting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, but that did not happen.

WKYT said in an announcement of the agreement that in its 60-year history, the station’s programming has never been dropped by a cable or satellite operator because of a dispute.

“We are very happy to keep our 60-year streak going. We hope it’s another 60 years before we have to go through this again,” Chris Mossman, vice-president and general manager of WKYT, said in the announcement on the station’s website.

WKYT had accused Dish of refusing to negotiate carriage terms consistent with those the company has provided other broadcasters and cable channels, the station said in a news release.

WKYT and CW Lexington are owned by Gray Television.

Fernando Alfonso III: 859-231-1324, @fernalfonso