August 5, 2004
Charter Cable joins WFAA-TV for continuous convention and political coverage on the station's Xpress 8.2 digital channel
Dallas, TX -- On July 26, WFAA's dedicated news and weather channel, Xpress 8.2, began featuring ABC News' coverage of both political conventions, known as ABC News Now, which will continue through election day on November 2. Today WFAA announced that Charter Cable would carry Xpress 8.2 on their systems in both Fort Worth and the Park Cities on channel 175. Comcast Cable began carrying the Xpress 8.2 and ABC News Now coverage last week on channel 225 in Collin, Dallas and Tarrant Counties.
"The addition of Charter Cable adds significantly more exposure to this new product," said Kathy Clements, WFAA president and general manager.
According to a Charter Cable spokesperson, ABC News Now on Xpress 8.2 is available to all of their digital customers. This is in addition to the homes Comcast is already serving with the new information service on their digital tier. "We are grateful for the cooperation of both companies in providing this valuable digital service," added Clements.
ABC News anchor Peter Jennings continues to lead network convention coverage as the centerpiece of a groundbreaking, 14-week programming venture. ABC News Now provides continuous, expanded news coverage to participating affiliates such as WFAA. Beyond convention coverage and 24/7 programming, ABC News Now is set to cover live, breaking news events, hourly news briefs from anchors and news reports from ABC News correspondents. WFAA is also featuring reports from the convention, as well as local stories and updates connected to politics and more throughout the broadcast day while continuing to provide a steady stream of news headlines and local weather information.
"The viewer feedback on Xpress 8.2, and ABC News Now coverage has been good," said Clements, "and we are pleased to offer this unique service to so many viewers."
Viewers must have a digital set or digital set top box converter in order to receive the dedicated channel over the air on Xpress 8.2, Dallas-Fort Worth's first such digital news and weather information channel, launched last February. Specific program grids and more information about the coverage will be provided online at abcnews.com and WFAA.com.
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