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Saturday, July 20, 2013

Channel 13 in Nashua adds online petition to its push to stay on Comcast

NASHUA – The city’s only television station is taking the online-petition route in its attempt to stay on Comcast, which plans to drop the station from local channel lists as of mid-August.

The petition at Change.org says “we petition Comcast Cable to honor their cable carriage agreement and continue to carry WYCN tv13 Nashua for the benefit of its local subscribers.” ...

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NASHUA – The city’s only television station is taking the online-petition route in its attempt to stay on Comcast, which plans to drop the station from local channel lists as of mid-August.

The petition at Change.org says “we petition Comcast Cable to honor their cable carriage agreement and continue to carry WYCN tv13 Nashua for the benefit of its local subscribers.”

Comcast has told the station that its small broadcast footprint made it not worth the inconvenience of putting it into the lineup.

Gordon Jackson and Carolyn Choate, general manager and producer and on-air talent for the low-power station, think Comcast made that decision under the station’s previous owners, and don’t realize how they are increasing its local content.

The Nashua pair started working for station founder Robert Rines in 1988, producing Nashua-focused content. After Rines died and left them the station they sold it to Binnie Media in February 2012, which filled it with syndicated lineup called My Family TV.

In May of this year, a company called Over The Air Broadcasting bought the channel for $4 million and brought back Jackson and Choate to boost its local content, then was surprised to learn in July that Comcast planned to drop the channel.

Since then, Choate and Jackson have been rounding up support from local lawmakers and business folks, in an attempt to change Comcast’s mind. The Change.org petition is the latest step in that campaign.

– DEAN SHAHOUP