Press Release

WISN 12 Working to Renew Carriage on DIRECTV


By - Jan 3rd, 2020 06:12 pm

MILWAUKEE, WIS. (January 3, 2020) – Following protracted negotiations, the efforts of Hearst Television, parent of WISN 12, to achieve a new carriage agreement with DIRECTV, reached an impasse, and, as a result, WISN 12 is now no longer being carried by DIRECTV’s satellite system or its internet-delivered platform AT&T TV Now (formerly known as DIRECTV TV Now).

Channel 12 is impacted on the DIRECTV system.

The current carriage agreement had been set to expire at midnight on December 31st, but was extended by Hearst Television multiple times until 7:00 pm (eastern time) on January 3rd, in an attempt to avoid an impasse.

“Unfortunately, the DIRECTV negotiating team is seeking the right to carry our stations at below market rates, which is neither fair nor reasonable given the significant investments we have made to deliver top tier programming to our viewers,” said Jan Wade, president and general manager of WISN 12.

“We regret the inconvenience DIRECTV’s demands have imposed on its subscribers, and we will keep our communities fully informed of developments.”

“It should be noted that we have not ‘blacked out’ our station,” Jan Wade added.  “Viewers may continue to receive our station for free, over the air, and, where available, from local cable or other satellite operators.”

Viewers can determine the type of antenna needed to receive the signals of Hearst Stations at http://www.antennaweb.org/.

To contact DIRECTV regarding the inconvenience caused by its unreasonable demands call DIRECTV customer service at 1-800-531-5000 or 1-800-288-2020.

About WISN 12 and Hearst Television
WISN 12, the ABC station in Milwaukee, is owned by Hearst Television. Hearst Television owns and operates 33 television and two radio stations serving 26 media markets across 39 states reaching over 21 million U.S. television households. Through its partnership with nearly all of the major networks, Hearst Television distributes national content over nearly 70 video channels including programming from ABC, NBC, CBS, CW, MY Net, MeTV, This TV, Estrella and more. The radio stations are leaders in Baltimore news/talk and rock music listenership. Hearst Television is recognized as one of the industry’s premier companies, and has been honored with numerous awards for distinguished journalism, industry innovation, and community service.  Hearst Television is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hearst.

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