Turner and Dish trade jabs

Turner Broadcasting might have been focused on its big Kevin Reilly hire on Tuesday, but they couldn’t ignore Dish Network chairman Charlie Ergen’s comments during an earnings call about the eight Turner channels dropped October 21 in a carriage dispute. “When we take something down, we’re prepared to leave it down forever,” said Ergen. “Things like CNN are not quite the product they used to be.” In a release on Wednesday, Turner responded, “We are disappointed in the aggressive nature of comments from the Dish Network, particularly given the fact that Dish agreed to our rates and carriage proposal weeks ago….While there were clearly deal points to get done, they were not the type you would usually go dark over. So it is still unclear to us exactly what this dispute is about.”

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