A few weeks back, Dish and Turner Broadcasting — parent company to CNN, HLN, Cartoon Network and others — couldn’t reach a deal on a new contract, meaning millions of Dish subscribers haven’t had access to these channels since. And last night, Dish Chairman Charlie Ergen hinted that maybe it’s time for CNN and other cable mainstays to rethink how important they are.
“Twenty years ago, CNN was a must-have channel, but it’s not a top 10 network anymore,” said Ergen during a conference call on Tuesday.
Ergen added that the only way CNN jumps back to its previous level of prominence is if “they find the plane, the Malaysian plane,” referring to the network’s previous, nearly non-stop coverage of the Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 tragedy.
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