Fayette County

Lexington’s WLEX-TV back on Dish Network after pact reached

Herald-Leader Staff Report

Lexington-based WLEX-TV is back on the Dish Network after several days of darkness due to contract negotiations between Dish and Cordillera Communications, the Minnesota-based owner of WLEX and stations in Montana, Californa, Louisiana and Arizona.

“We are pleased to have reached a multiyear agreement with Dish for carriage of our stations,” Terrance Hurley, president of Cordillera Communications, said in a statement Sunday. “We want to thank our loyal viewers for their patience as we worked hard to negotiate with Dish to restore essential local coverage. At its core, disputes such as this are about protecting the future of local broadcasting in the communities we serve, a cause to which Cordillera remains fundamentally committed.”

The dispute centered on contract terms, including the fees Dish must pay Cordillera to retransmit its signals.