FCC targets some TV stations shutting analog


The government has asked TV stations across the county, including four in the Mobile-Pensacola, Fla. market, to justify why they're not extending their conventional, analog broadcasts for four months.

The Federal Communications Commission says the Mobile stations are among a number of cities where all of the major-network stations have applied to turn off their signals next week as part of the transition to digital television.

Those stations are sticking with the old Feb. 17 deadline for shutting down analog broadcasts. Congress recently gave the industry the option of waiting until June 12.

The FCC wants to make sure that in markets where the old cutoff is adhered to, consumers will be given ample information about the transition.

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  • by IMConcerned Location: pcb on Feb 17, 2009 at 05:30 AM
    The extension is ridiculous! A mandated date is set, stations spend millions of dollars planning, buying equipment, getting ready for the changeover and just because some procrastinators aren't ready, our government makes victims out of them by supporting them. What about all the good guys who worked hard to prepare?
  • by getoverit Location: Panama City on Feb 14, 2009 at 03:10 PM
    GET OVER IT FOLKS. It is just television, not something important. If you can't see the signal-you WILL live.
  • by elmoofgawf Location: near Port St. Joe on Feb 13, 2009 at 07:06 AM
    FIRST the gov. demands that the stations switch to digital, so the stations spend alot of money to get up to code, THEN they (the FCC) says well lets give the people more time. WELL I AM SORRY, we have been subjected to commericals and crawls for a year and a half telling us about the change and by now if you (the public) does not know about it guess what-- TOO BAD, the stations done what they had to do and by now we should have too. Just my comment
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