Local news blacked out despite severe weather conditions, July 4th Holiday week

Washington, D.C. July 2, 2012 – Nice way to rain on everyone’s parade. Despite severe weather conditions prompting the state’s governor to declare a state of emergency, broadcasters have pulled the plug in several West Virginia communities. To add insult to injury, this latest stunt in broadcaster greed takes place just in time for the 4th of July.  When a broadcaster decides using viewers as bargaining chips is more important than fulfilling their public interest obligation to provide critical local news and weather information, it confirms the need to repair our nation’s broken retransmission consent policy. 

Until Congress and the FCC reform outdated regulations, viewers will be at the mercy of West Virginia Media and other broadcasters who take advantage of outdated rules to unnecessarily harm American consumers. 

Stations affected: WBOY (NBC and ABC) in Clarksburg; WOWK (CBS) in Charleston; WVNS (FOX and CBS) in Bluefield; and WTRF (CBS, FOX and ABC) in Wheeling.

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  1. Spencer

    I wish Congress needs to go something with 20 year old Retransmission-Consent regime. We had enough of this controversial law recently.

  2. Pam Layton

    Laws need changed so Wv Media does not have the power to block the channel. Give the. Iewers the option of paying more. I would choose to buy this coverage than the sleezie movie channels!

  3. Kim

    I already pay for local channels and this is the only one of my local’s that could not come to an agreement with Dish. I am to the point that I would give up this channel and get my news and find other shows to watch than pay them more money.