Thursday, January 05, 2006

Mini Bites

Can't get enough of those retransmission fees!

At least one cable company has lost WBRE and WYOU after balking at Nexstar's demand for retransmission fees. Subscribers of Shen-Heights Television now get NBC and CBS programming from Philadelphia. And here's the kicker. The company says nobody has complained about losing the Wilkes-Barre affiliates.

Readers say WNEP fouls out on Orange Bowl coverage

Some of you have found faults with WNEP's Orange Bowl coverage. Admittedly, I did not watch the post-game coverage, but some people feel WNEP dropped the ball by not doing enough.

After all, Penn State did win. And with the army WNEP sent down south, one would think there would be more coverage done. Did the station even send a photog into the on-field mess following the game?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great stuff, huh? Up north in Adams Cable land many customers didn't care about losing WBRE & WYOU, some looked forward to losing the two in hopes of getting NYC or other locals, but that did not happen. Now, they ARE paying for two channels they never watch, and really never wanted in the first place.
In my opinion, I think Susquehanna & Bradford County should be cut out of the Wilkes/Scranton DMA. Many in the area turn Binghamton NY's WBNG-12 (CBS) WIVT-34 (ABC) and WICZ-40 (FOX) for local coverage (also WETM-18 [NBC-Elmira] for Bradford County)
Don't get me wrong, many watch WNEP, and a hidden few watch the Nexstar Twins, but Binghamton just happens to be closer to the area, and they do cover news in the two. The thing is, they don't truly "cover" the area becasue the Scranton DMA owns the two counties. Trust me, I know not to much happens up here, but Binghamton could use the two, they only cover 3 counties. I enjoy WNEP a lot, they do a great job, by why watch them when they rarely cover anything. IN few instances like the September loss of two Susquehanna County soldiers, Scranton & Binghamton News sources came, but in all honesty we should be covered by Binghamton. Now ADAMS CABLE curstomers are really happy, paying for two channels that are no use to them.

9:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have nothing personal against WBRE and WYOU per se, but I could have done without them. I mean I would have wanted NBC and CBS...just in case since there are network shows that I watch occasionally plus it's nice to have your viewing options maximized...but I don't ever watch local news unless I'm in the mood for some laughs. I would have been just as happy with the networks represented on Adams from any market.

10:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As someone with 20 plus years in radio and television, I find it very interesting the lack of concern some people have for the loss of their local stations. So I find myself asking why? Could it be the fact that stations long ago walked away from their core mission of serving the public? What the stations try to pass off as public service is a joke these days. It is no wonder that most posters on this board don't seem to care about the lose of local stations.

3:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Martin Brophy, the owner of Shen Heights TV appeared on WYLN TV in Hazleton this week and told viewers to watch WYLN and WNEP for their local news.
WYLN has live local news at noon with broadcast veteran Pat Ward and at 5p.m. with Doug Farley.
WYLN also has a full time weather department with meteriologist Joe Garbachick.
Seems the Shenandoah people are being steered to an alternative for local news and weather.

5:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Poster that claims I do not care about the loss of local channels,
Trust me, I do. I do care about local channels that really impace the community. I simply feel, especially in a northern tier county, that the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre news sources just seem not to cover us. They have many other counties to cover, thats understandible. Just because I live in a DMA and watch outside locals dosent mean I don't care. I do, but when you now have to pay for two news sources you never wanted to start with, you start to think differently about the industry. Up here it is not as simple as ploping a TV antenna on your rood and getting a free signal, we rely on other sources to get our local news.

7:50 PM  

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