NBC affiliate WCBD Charleston, S.C., objects to Time Warner Cable dropping it from Surfside Beach, S.C., cable system.
WCBD, Media General’s NBC affiliate in Charleston, S.C. (DMA 99), took action last Friday in response to Time Warner Cable’s sudden decision to remove WCBD from its cable systems in Surfside Beach (North), S.C.
On Aug. 21, WCBD filed an emergency complaint with the FCC claiming “Time Warner Cable breached FCC rules by failing to provide WCBD — and apparently even its own customers — with reasonable prior notice of its intention to drop the station.”
This filing follows on the heels of two similar filings by Media General stations WBTW Myrtle Beach, S.C., and WNCT Greenville, N.C., against Time Warner Cable. In both those recent actions, Time Warner Cable replaced WBTW and WNCT with what Media General called “little to no prior notice.”
In an update to the situation that led to the first emergency complaint, WBTW Vice President-General Manager Michael Caplan reports that “concerned viewers continue to express how Time Warner Cable’s decision to remove WBTW from some of its cable systems in the Carolinas is affecting their every day lives. Thousands of area residents have submitted comments through our website www.scnow.com in little more than a week. The forms received will be shared with Time Warner Cable and the FCC.”