On Tuesday, October 8th, an administrator for the official Facebook page for WKRG-TV uploaded a new cover image for the page with a message meant to encourage customers of the satellite TV system operated by Dish Network who reside in the broadcast area of the station to end their subscriptions to Dish Network (or "drop" Dish Network) as a form of protest against the message's claim about Dish Network not caring whether their customers had lost access to the station's programming through the satellite TV system or not and the claim about Dish Network "forcing" the loss of the station's programming through the system, even though Dish Network was required by federal law to stop providing the programming through the system after their former retransmission consent contract with Media General, the owners of WKRG-TV, expired on Monday, September 30th (at 11:00 p.m. Central time), after they were unsuccessful at getting Media General to agree with their terms for a new contract to replace the previous one by then (Media General allowed Dish Network to provide WKRG-TV's main programming through their satellite TV system temporarily from Saturday, October 5th, until Monday, October 7th, out of concern for a tropical cyclone named Karen that was predicted to affect the broadcast area of the station during that time period).
A separate message was posted along with a smaller version of the new cover image encouraging customers of Dish Network in the broadcast area of the station to join the number of residents in the area who can still receive the station's signal through other means such as another satellite TV provider, a cable TV provider, or an antenna (86 percent of residents, according to the message) .
You may access the new coverage image along with the aforementioned separate message and messages from visitors of the station's Facebook page commenting about the image by selecting this link (note: the same image was posted on the Facebook pages of other TV stations owned by Media General such as the page for WVTM-TV in Birmingham, Alabama, and the page for WFLA-TV in Tampa, Florida. The other pages also had separate messages that included percentages for the number of residents in the broadcast areas of the stations who can still receive the station's signals through other means).
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