Media General Stations To Go Back on DISH to Provide Tropical Storm Karen Coverage

Oct 04, 2013, 14:29 ET from Media General, Inc.

RICHMOND, Va., Oct. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Media General today announced that in order to provide the company's local television station viewers with important information about Tropical Storm Karen it has asked DISH Network to restore a number of its stations to the satellite service.

"Providing our viewers with important weather and safety information during storms is an integral part of our responsibility to our local communities," said George L. Mahoney, president and chief executive of Media General. "We will continue to do everything we can to reach a fair resolution with DISH on our retransmission consent agreement that has expired and have our programming permanently restored to the DISH satellite system as soon as possible. We look forward to continuing the conversation with DISH."

The following stations will be back on DISH for the specified periods of time:

Saturday, October 5 at 6:00 AM until Monday, October 7 at 12:01 AM
WJTV / Jackson, Miss.
WHLT / Hattiesburg, Miss.
WKRG / Mobile, Ala.
WVTM / Birmingham, Ala.

As is the case with all extreme weather events, Media General stations also keep people informed on their television station websites as well.

About Media General
Media General, Inc., is a leading provider of news, information and entertainment across 18 network-affiliated broadcast television stations and their associated digital media and mobile platforms. The company's stations serve consumers and advertisers in strong local markets, primarily in the Southeast. Media General's television stations include affiliations with NBC (8), CBS (8), ABC (1) and CW (1). One-third of the company's stations operate in the Top 50 markets in the United States. Media General's stations reach more than one-third of TV households in the Southeast and more than 8% of U.S. TV households. Media General entered the television business in 1955 when it launched WFLA-TV in Tampa, Florida, as an NBC affiliate.

On June 6, 2013, Media General (NYSE: MEG) and privately held New Young Broadcasting Holding Co., Inc., both local broadcast television and digital media companies, announced a definitive agreement to combine the two companies in an all-stock merger transaction. The new company will retain the Media General, Inc. name and will remain headquartered in Richmond, VA. Upon completion of the merger, the Young stations will be operated under a subsidiary of Media General, and the new company will own or operate 31 network-affiliated television stations across 28 markets, reaching approximately 16.5 million, or 14%, of U.S. TV households. The balance of network affiliations will include CBS (12), NBC (9), ABC (7) Fox (1), CW (1) and MNT (1).  Sixteen of the 31 stations are located in the Top 75 DMAs. 

Contact Media General Media General maintains extensive company information on its website The company's media and investor contact is Lou Anne J. Nabhan, Vice President-Corporate Communications, or 804-887-5120.

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