Norfolk, VA. -- WVEC-TV13 today confirmed that effective December 31, 2008, Charter Cable will no longer provide its subscribers with WVEC-TV13's signal as Charter and WVEC-TV13 have been unable to reach an agreement as to terms. This action follows years of carriage negotiations between WVEC-TV13 and Charter.
"We are disappointed that WVEC-TV13's award-winning news, and local and network programming will be removed from Charter's channel lineup. It is unfortunate that Charter does not see the value in offering WVEC-TV13's signal to its subscribers. We remain hopeful that we can quickly resolve this issue with minimal disruption to our viewers. WVEC-TV13's signal is carried by other major providers that offer television service to subscribers in the Hampton Roads market," said Jim Berman, President and General Manager, WVEC-TV.
Carriage of WVEC-TV13's high definition channel is available on DirecTV and Dish Network. Additionally, WVEC-TV13's signal continues to be available over-the-air to viewers with a digital television purchased after May 2007. Anyone with an older television or a television without a built-in digital tuner will need to obtain a converter box by February 17, 2009, in order to receive the over-the-air broadcasts.
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WVEC-TV13 is part of Belo Corp., Belo Corp. (BLC) is one of the nation's largest pure-play, publicly-traded television companies, with 2007 annual revenue of $777 million. The Company owns and operates 20 television stations (nine in the top 25 markets) and their associated Web sites. Belo stations, which include affiliations with ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CW and MyNetwork TV, reach more than 14 percent of U.S. television households in 15 highly-attractive markets. Nearly all Belo stations rank first or second in their local market. Additional information is available at www.belo.com or by contacting Paul Fry, vice president/Investor Relations & Corporate Communications, at 214-977-6835