If you are a DirecTV customer in the Tampa Bay area, you have probably noticed that WFLA Newschannel 8 (and it’s sister-station Great 38) is no longer on the air. Why? It’s because of money… of course.

Nexstar, the owners of WFLA (and nearly 100 other stations across the country), is in a contract dispute with DirecTV to carry their programming.

Here is a statement from Nexstar:

“While Nexstar believed progress was being made in the negotiations, DirecTV misled Nexstar as it requested that viewers not be informed about the pending expiration as long as negotiations were continuing to be constructive. Yet, with minutes to go before the prior agreement was to expire, DirecTV/AT&T did not accept Nexstar’s offer for an extension which would have allowed viewers in the affected markets to view their favorite network shows, special events, sports, local news and other programming on the Fourth of July and until such time as a new agreement can be reached.”

DirecTV says in part, “Nexstar, the owner of this station has removed it from your lineup despite our request to keep it available to you.” DTV also has a resource page available at: tvpromise.com

To view a video explanation from WFLA, click HERE.

Now legislators in eight states are calling on DirecTV to negotiate with Nexstar. For that video click HERE.

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Rich Fields is a veteran radio broadcaster who is best known for having been the Announcer on the Price is Right. He is also an Emmy Award winning Meteorologist .