Newsplex gets Comcast boost
Comcast's takeover of Adelphia Cable is proving a boon for the local Gray Television stations as they land prime spots lower on the dial, while their fiercest competitors get the boot– or the less desirable spots Newsplex stations now hold.
"It's huge," says Newsplex general manager Roger Burchett. "It'll make a huge difference immediately." Starting December 28, WCAV CBS19 moves from the wastelands of cable channel 18 to primo channel 6, a spot now held by WTVR in Richmond– which is being dropped from Comcast cable. WAHU FOX27 takes WTTG's channel 9, but the Washington Fox station will still be available on channel 18 for those who like "If it bleeds, it leads" for their 10 o'clock news. And the Newsplex scores cable channel 2 for its newest station, My C'Ville, which will debut classic, Hawaii Five-0-style television on or before December 28.
casualty beneficiary of the Comcast shake-up: TBN, the Trinity Broadcast Network, is demoted from channel 20 to 98. Oops, TBN is promoted to 20 from the bottom of the dial, putting the religious station closer to the mainstream.
And one more harbinger of change in the new world of Comcast: Richmond cable TV subscribers are looking at a price increase the beginning of the year, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.