The NBC, ABC and PBS stations in Columbia, Mo., will work together to ensure a smooth transition.
KOMU Columbia, Mo. (DMA 137), the NBC affiliate owned by the University of Missouri; JW Broadcasting’s Columbia ABC affiliate KMIZ; and KMOS Sedalia, Mo., the PBS station in the market, announced today that the three stations will simultaneously transition to digital-only signals at midnight on April 2.
They said the decision to work together came after Congress postponed the original digital switch deadline from Feb. 17 to June 12.
The three said they decided to move to a digital-only signal before June to free access to more channels and programming at an earlier date. The stations will work together to inform viewers about when the transition will occur and what they can do to be prepared.
“KOMU 8 is glad to be working with KMIZ and KMOS to coordinate efforts during this exciting transition,” said KOMU General Manager Marty Siddall. “It is our sincere goal to make the digital switch as easy on our viewers as possible. By working with KMIZ and KMOS, we hope to alleviate any confusion that may arise.”
“We’re pleased to be working with our colleagues at KOMU and KMOS to coordinate this effort to transition to digital-only broadcasts for the Central Missouri market,” said KMIZ-TV General Manager Randy Wright.
“KMOS-TV will use this transition to begin broadcasting three different programming streams 24 hours a day that can be viewed on 6.1, 6.2 and 6.3” said Don Peterson, general manager.