I just got another email from channel 6. Seems things are not going well, and it looks complicated with all the other stations being affected. Hopefully they will get it all straightened out eventually. I appreciated how they tell you exactly what happened, nuts and bolts literally are holding things up.
You are receiving this email because of a previous inquiry that you made to WTVR-CBS 6 regarding your loss of signal. There has been an update to the antenna repair completion date that we would like to make you aware of.
Based on the daily feedback WTVR has been receiving from the tower crews working on site in Chesterfield County, we were of the belief that those affected OTA (Over The Air) viewers would regain WTVR's signal by today, Thursday, April 11th. Unfortunately, when the antenna was dismounted yesterday, two issues arose: First, in disassembling the antenna, several NASA standard bolts cracked. New bolts have been ordered, but this has created a delay. Secondly, a specialized portable wench that is specifically designed for this type of project suffered hydraulic problems and is currently being repaired.
Because of these latest developments, WTVR is now being informed by the technicians on site that their "project completion date" will be pushed back by one week. That date is Friday, April 19th. We are hopeful it will be sooner, but from the station's perspective our goal is to be more conservative with this estimate in order to meet expectations and in providing this date it should be noted that it is dependent upon the weather and the near future circumstances at the site.
WTVR understands the negative impact on viewers not being able to receive CBS 6 programming at our current temporary lower power level. For OTA viewers, WTVR and WCVE will be back at full power when this phase of the repair is expected to be completed next week. It is also of note that WRIC, WRLH and WCVW will by necessity remain at their low power level throughout the duration of this complex repair, possibly lasting for several months. We sincerely apologize and want to reemphasize we are doing all we can to resolve the situation as soon as possible.
Stephen P. Hayes
WTVR-TV, CBS 6
3301 W. Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23230