WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Wednesday, Apollo Global Management blacked out DISH customers’ access to its channels in 10 markets across the country.
“It is disappointing to hear that Apollo Global Management, an international private equity firm, is prioritizing greed over providing consumers with access to important local news and content,” stated Jessica Kendust, ATVA spokesperson. “Now more than ever, customers need access to local programming to stay informed and ensure their families’ health and well-being. ATVA had hoped that a global pandemic might make broadcasters think twice about weaponizing their content during negotiations. Unfortunately, we were wrong.”
The American Television Alliance (ATVA) brings together an unprecedented coalition of consumer groups, cable, satellite, telephone companies, and independent programmers to raise awareness about the risk TV viewers face as broadcasters increasingly threaten service disruptions that would deny viewers access to the programs they and their families enjoy.