Recent RogerSimmons.com Orlando TV News reports involving WKCF-Channel 18, the CW affiliate for Central Florida. The station is part of a Hearst Television duopoly with WESH-Channel 2. WKCF originally broadcast on Channel 68.
UPDATE:WKCF’s over-the-air signal is back. Just rescan your TV channels to find it on virtual channels 18.1 (CW), 18.2 (ThisTV) and 18.3 (Esterella).
Had several folks email me on Tuesday night saying they could not tune in WKCF-CW 18’s over-the-air signal. The station is appearing on area cable outlets just fine, but I too confirmed that its digital channel appears to be down.
I did a quick re-scan of the over-the-air channels on my television and found there is a low-definition version of CW 18 appearing on Channel 2.3 — one of sister-station WESH’s digital subchannels. And that means in addition to WKCF’s main HD channel being down, so too are its subchannels, ThisTV Orlando and Esterella TV.
I can’t say what’s going — and apparently neither CW 18 nor WESH appear to be too concerned. There’s no mention of the glitch on either station’s website, Facebook pages or Twitter accounts.
So much for keeping the audience that was glued to Orlando TV news stations during the Casey Anthony trial. In the just completed September ratings period, most of the O-Town stations saw year-over-year declines in household and demo numbers for nearly every newscast. One of the few bright spots was WOFL-Fox 35 — which increased its 5, 10 and 11 p.m. news audiences over the same period from 2010. Read the full ratings report from TV Guy Hal Boedeker. And read the 2010 September ratings here.
You hear them over and over again when you watch Orlando TV news. They are the slogans the stations use to brand their news — and hopefully get you to watch more. Over the years, there have been a lot of slogans used by Orlando TV stations for their news. Can you match the slogan with the station? Take the Orlando TV News Slogan Challenge. Below are 20 slogans — guess with one goes with which station. The answers after the jump. Post how well you did in the comments section …
Don’t worry about ringing in 2011 without having WESH 2 or CW 18 on your DirecTV hookup.
The Orlando stations’ parent, Hearst Television, reached a retransmission deal with the satellite TV provider on Thursday afternoon.
“WESH is pleased to report a new carriage agreement has been reached with DirecTV. DirecTV subscribers will continue to be able to receive WESH with no disruption of service,” read a statement on WESH.com.
When 2010 turns into 2011, local DirecTV subscribers may have to ring in the new year without a couple of Orlando channels.
Hearst Television, parent of WESH-Channel 2 and WKCF-CW18, is locked in a disagreement with the satellite provider. Retransmission of Hearst station signals is at the heart of the dispute.
“We believe that we and DirecTV can conclude our negotiations before January 1st so as not to deprive any of our respective viewers and customers of our programming,” WESH/WKCF GM Jim Carter said in a news release. “However, we want to advise our viewers and customers that the possibility of non-renewal of our current agreement exists.”
Similar statements were posted on the websites other Hearst stations.
The signals of WESH and WKCF will only be removed from DirecTV if Hearst and the satellite company fail to reach a deal by Dec. 31. Fortunately, negotiations are still under way.