Cable One/Sparklight said its customers in the Springfield-Urbana, Ill., area lost access to three GoCom Media stations on Dec. 31 after retransmission consent talks broke down, adding that it is still in talks regarding two other nearby stations owned by Block Communications and Sinclair Broadcast Group. GoCom owns Fox affiliate WSRP-WCCU in Springfield, as well as WBUI (CW) in the same area. The stations are managed by Sinclair through a joint services/shared services agreement.
The Central Texas College Board Of Trustees voted to pull the plug on KNCT Killeen, Texas, the region’s only PBS station. KNCT GM Max Rudolph said the station was faced with a significant amount of expense to move the station from ch. 46 to ch. 17, which would cost about $4.4 million.
The University of South Florida’s WUSF Tampa, Fla., is donating its license to another Tampa noncommercial station, Florida West Coast Public Broadcasting’s WEDU, which will change the former station’s call letters to WEDQ and continue to air its programs.
Hagerstown, Md.-based independent WJAL will stop broadcasting at midnight Saturday because the Entravision Communications station’s bandwidth was purchased by the federal government for $26.7 million in the FCC’s incentive auction.
The Tampa, Fla., PBS outlet owned by the University of South Florida will go off the air following the sale of its spectrum for $18.7 million in the FCC’s incentive auction. The school’s two FM stations will remain on the air.