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WWTI to continue analog broadcast until June 12

2/13/09<br />Our digital conversion delayed from February 17 to June 12...

WWTI-TV will continue its analog broadcast until June 12, under a new directive from the Federal Communications Commission, Vice President and General Manager David Males announced Friday.

 

Earlier, the station had decided to stop analog broadcasting and become all-digital on Feb. 17, the date long-established by the FCC for analog-to-digital conversion.

 

Congress recently approved an extension of the Feb. 17th conversion because of concerns that some viewers, especially the elderly, weren’t prepared with digital televisions or converter boxes.

 

The FCC then allowed stations to opt out of delaying until June 12 if they thought their viewers were prepared for the conversion and if they followed stringent viewer notification requirements.

 

However, this week the FCC told more than 100 commercial television stations, including those in the Watertown market, that they must continue their analog broadcasts until June 12.

 

“We apologize for the confusion this has created for our viewers,” Males said. “We felt the North Country was well prepared for the digital conversion, but we’ll certainly abide by the wishes of the Federal Communications Commission.”

 

On Monday the station will begin airing new on-screen notices advising viewers of the June 12 change.

 

WWTI /Newswatch50 will continue to broadcast on its analog of channel50 as well as digital channel of 21.1 .The North Country’s CW which is available over the air digitally only will continue to air on its digital channel 21.2

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