The Gannett NBC affiliate will provide a two-week analog “safety net” for Jacksonville, Fla., viewers.
Gannett-owned NBC affiliate WTLV Jacksonville, Fla. (DMA 47) has volunteered to become a “nightlight” station for the FCC beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, June 12-the time at which WTLV and co-owned WJXX (ABC) will transition from analog to digital. Most stations across the country will transition at some point this coming Friday.
The FCC expressed the need for every media market to have a nightlight station, as part of the industry’s comprehensive plan to answer viewer questions that may arise at the time of the DTV transition.
Nightlight stations will keep their analog signals turned on, but rather than broadcasting regularly scheduled programming , viewers will see a detailed instructional message explaining the basics of how to upgrade to digital television, hook up a converter box, antenna information and rescanning for channels.
This 9-minute message will air continuously in both English and Spanish, with open captioning in both languages, 24-hours a day for two weeks, from June 12 to June 26. WJXX will be broadcasting in digital only as planned.