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****FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE****
July 14, 2014
BUCKEYE CABLESYSTEM ANNOUNCES THE RETURN OF NBC CHANNEL 24, STATION WNWO-TV TO BUCKEYE’S SYSTEM
Buckeye CableSystem announced today that NBC Channel 24, WNWO, has returned to Buckeye’s cable television system effective immediately. “I am pleased to welcome WNWO back to Buckeye, the area’s number one television service provider”, said Jeff Abbas, Buckeye’s President and General Manager. On December 15, 2013, Sinclair Broadcasting Group, the new owner of WNWO, directed Buckeye to remove its signal from Buckeye’s channel line-up when the parties were unable to agree on the amount Buckeye would pay Sinclair in retransmission fees for the right to carry the station.
“During the time WNWO was off our system, Buckeye held the line on skyrocketing broadcaster fees that drive up the cost of cable television for consumers. Fortunately, real progress has been made with the Federal Communications Commission, which recently adopted important reforms in the area of retransmission consent negotiations that should help keep those fees in check. We look forward to additional changes in FCC rules that will help television consumers.”
During the time the station was off Buckeye’s system, Buckeye distributed over 17,000 antennas to its customers to permit them to obtain NBC programming over-the-air. Buckeye also provided information about how to obtain NBC programming over the internet. “Buckeye is an industry leader in customer service,” Mr. Abbas said, “and our commitment to personal service was never more evident than during the time WNWO was off our system.”
Buckeye had also been providing its customers with a small monthly credit of $.24 to reflect the amount Buckeye previously paid for the NBC station. With the return of the NBC programming, that credit will end. Despite the new agreement, Mr. Abbas added that Buckeye has no plans for a rate hike at this time. At the time of the issuance of this press release, Buckeye engineers are working to restore WNWO to Buckeye’s system and expect that the channel will be back before the day is over.
Buckeye and Sinclair reached a two-year carriage agreement. Both parties also agreed to withdraw the complaints they had filed against each other with the FCC. In addition, if Sinclair launches a new cable channel, Buckeye will carry it.
Over the next 24 hours, we will update our guide information to reflect NBC programming. Thank you!