FCC Cuts 4 Stations From List Of Ones Said To Go Dark June 12

KXVA, KCWK, WLNY and WMTJ were removed

The FCC late Friday re-issued the list of stations it had identified at a June 3 DTV briefing as "expected to be dark for some period of time after June 12th" [the new DTV hard date deadline],cutting the number of stations from 35 to 31, including dropping three that were mistakenly included.

Eloise Gore, associate bureau chief of the Media Bureau, had talked of the 35 stations going dark, drawing concerned responses at the meeting from acting Chairman Michael Copps and Commissioner Robert McDowell.

The original list also drew a concerned response from the owners of one of the stations identified as "silent," Fox affiliate KXVA Abilene, which had been on the air with a digital signal since Feb. 17, its owner and engineer told B&C.

The FCC Friday, June 5, removed KXVA from the list, as well as three other stations.

"The issue is resolved," said an FCC spokesman in a phone message to B&C.

Also not belonging on the list, said the spokesman without elaboration, was independent WLNY Riverhead, NY.

A third station, KCWK Walla Walla, Wash. was already off analog. The license had been canceled, "so the viewers won't know any difference," said the spokesman.

A fourth station, WMTJ Fajardo, PR, fixed its technical problem and will be on in digital June 12, he said.