Still no changes in Peoria DMA#116.
WMBD/WYZZ are the only 2 tv stations that still broadcasts local news in 4:3 480i. They also show syndicated programming in 4:3 480i. It's beyond pathetic. And they just ignore you when you ask why.
WEEK/WHOI/WAOE are broadcasting their inferior newscasts in widescreen SD, but they have been broadcasting syndicated programming in HD for some time now on account of investments made at their Ft. Wayne hub.
I'm keeping my fingers crossed the FCC still approves WEEK's takeover by Quincy Newspapers from Granite, and I'm hoping for it asap or things will remain status quo as Granite has no money to do much of anything. I'm pretty sure all Quincy Newspapers stations broadcast their local news in HD.
I do know that Sinclair, the new owners of WHOI, are going to terminate the WEEK/WHOI SSA within 9 months of WEEK's ownership change. It is my hope that they are planning on revamping either the WHOI studios, or the WYZZ studios, which recently changed ownership hands to Cunningham broadcasting. Given Sinclair's conservative slant and a strong desire to share their viewpoints in every market where they're present, I have a very strong hunch they will launch a WHOI/WYZZ duopoly, and a state-of-the-art studio rebuilt from scratch. They can be very cheap. But for a corporation that recently bought a billion dollars in stations in just one year, what's an extra 1-2 million here or there.
WEEK will have to make do with WAOE and WMBD will have to stand alone. I'm fearful that Nexstar has plans to outsourse WMBD's programming to one of the neighboring CBS stations, such as WCIA or WHBF, which are also owned by Nexstar. Nexstar is akin to Sinclair, but they have at least upgraded most of their stations, including all of the ones that surround WMBD. It makes no sense why they continue to neglect WMBD this late in the game, unless they're just flat out don't care about the station and plan to farm it's operations out to sister stations. I know they obviously don't care what the viewers think. They get complaints all the time, but they just choose to ignore it.