FCC denies two TV stations from early digital transition


Broadcasting and Cable reports that the FCC has denied hardship waivers from two stations barring them from cutting analog broagcasts scheduled for April 16th, 2009.

Both stations, KARD(TV) West Monroe, LA (Fox), and KTVE(TV) El Dorado, Ark, hadcited low operating power and similar arguments about the staff drain of maintaining the equipment.

According to an FCC source, the equipment failure argument did not trump the fact that there would no longer be any analog service in the market, and that the owners “did not offer to provide any kind of enhanced nightlight service or to provide their news to any other station that might be available to keep analog on in the area.”

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