WBOC Forced To Delay Digital Switch

Posted: 02/12/2009 by that's Elbert in WBOC

This came in my mailbox today:

02/12/2009 11:30 AM ET

SALISBURY, Md.- WBOC’s DTV transition is not going to happen next week as planned. The Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday night denied WBOC’s request to turn off its analog transmitter on Feb. 17.

In explaining the FCC’s decision, Craig Jahelka, WBOC’s vice president and general manager, said, “The FCC has decided that for WBOC to turn off our analog transmitter on Feb. 17 that it would not be in the public interest because as the FCC’s report indicated, we are the only analog signal left. The FCC wants to make sure there is at least one analog signal remaining in every television market in the United States up through the June 12 deadline if possible.”

WBOC will continue to transmit its analog signal until June 12, the national deadline for the digital switch. As a result of the FCC’s ruling, WBOC will be scaling back all of our on-air discussion about the DTV switch. In addition, WBOC’s DTV phone bank planned for next Tuesday has been canceled.


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