Comcast's plan to drop TV 13 Nashua draws ire
Carolyn Choate of TV 13 interviews U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen about the future of Nashua's air traffic control center. (BARBARA TAORMINA/Union Leader Correspondent)
"We are dismayed to learn that Comcast has made plans to drop WYCN TV 13," said state Sen. Peggy Gilmour in a letter to Trevor Arp, Comcast's vice president of programming in the Northeast division. "I ask you, in the strongest way I can, to reconsider that decision. TV 13 is not just a TV station ... it is a community asset. . They make a difference with their hard work and commitment in the communication they offer our region."
According to Carol Lefever, chief operating officer for OTA, Comcast felt that TV 13 was no longer providing local coverage to the Nashua area, and the bandwidth used to carry the station could be used for other services.
Residents who have signed the petition urging Comcast to keep TV 13 in its lineup have said the station provides news and information that no other media outlets cover. Seniors have stressed that the station lets them stay on top of community issues, and civic groups and organizations have said it allows them to reach a wide audience with announcements and events.
Lefever, who works with Comcast operators in different parts of the country, said the cable giant is typically sensitive to the needs and interests of its viewers. And that track record of responsiveness to consumers has left her, like Choate, cautiously optimistic that Comcast will reverse the decision to turn off Channel 13 if company officials understand how much local viewers value the station and what it provides.
"Without Comcast's continued broadcast of (TV 13's) signal, our community will suffer due to the fact that there really is no alternative source for capturing the vibrancy and energy of our community and sharing it with people in their homes," he said.
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