Dish Network subscribers lost programming from CBS-owned stations at 7 PM ET/ 4 PM PT. The network says that the No. 2 satellite company "has dragged its feet at our many attempts to negotiate in good faith," after six months of talks and two contract extensions. It adds that it hopes "that we can reach an agreement very soon so we can all get back to the business of providing the best entertainment, news and sports to the Dish customers we both serve. (Dish subscribers in the Detroit market lost access to WWJ-TV Ch. 62 and WKBD-TV Ch. 50, the CBS and CW affiliates respectively)
Full story: CBS Goes Dark On Dish Network (Fri, 12/5)
Nexstar Broadcasting Group said Thursday evening that Dish Network subscribers in 60 markets are at risk of its stations at 11:59 p.m. ET tomorrow night since the satellite service has yet to reach a new distribution agreement allowing Dish to continue to air Nexstar's stations. For over a month, Nexstar said, it has been negotiating in good faith to establish a mutually agreeable contract with Dish. (Nexstar owns CBS affiliate WJMN-TV Ch. 3 Escanaba/Marquette)
Full story: Nexstar: Dish Subs May Lose Stations (Thu, 12/4)
Detroit Free Press:
After 15 straight hours on the air, spent but still in strong voice, Free Press columnist Mitch Albom ended his third S.A.Y. Detroit Radiothon on Thursday night with a huge number: $812,000. That's how much listeners contributed to S.A.Y. (Super All Year) Detroit, founded by Albom in 2006 after Super Bowl XL and the umbrella for seven charities that help the neediest of Detroiters in a partnership with Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries.
Full story: Mitch Albom radiothon raises $812,000 for needy Detroiters (Fri, 12/5)
- Raised: Over $500,000 in pledges by CBS Radio/Detroit Country WYCD-FM 99.5 during their two-day radiothon to benefit St. Jude's Children's Hospital.