I was wondering what you folks thought of this from the FCC
It appears WABG in Greenwood, MS petitioned to move some counties in the Delta out of the Memphis market and into the Greenwood-Greenville market. Those counties are: Panola, Quitman and Coahoma, including the towns of Batesville, Marks and Clarksdale.
Apparently CableOne carries WABG already in those areas, and the PDF asserts that this change is necessary to keep WABG on the cable system due to some edict from ABC that stations can no longer negotiate carriage on out of market systems. They argued that the counties have stronger ties to Greenwood than Memphis and the FCC agreed.
Does anyone know if this is a special action that applies only to WABG and WPTY, or if this will affect all channels? Obviously cable will continue to carry stations like WMC because there is no other NBC affiliate in the Delta, but I see this as being a big problem for satellite subscribers if it applies to all stations. People in these counties would lose ALL locals if they're moved to the Greenwood-Greenville market because neither satellite providers carries those locals.
It's only about 30,000 people so it's not a big hit to the market, but it still stinks if it means folks in that area will lose access to all the HD programming carried by Dish/DirecTV in the Memphis market.