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
“We apologize for the confusion this has created for our viewers,” Males said. “We felt the
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