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KXVA: FCC Wrong About Its Inclusion On Upcoming DTV Silent List

According to the people who run KXVA Abilene, Texas,  the Federal Communications Commission needs to take it off the list of stations that are not starting their own digital signal on June 12, when they are required to have pulled the plug on primary analog service.

KXVA owner DuJuan McCoy, president and CEO, Bayou City Broadcasting, said his station has been broadcasting in digital and HD since Feb. 17, when over 700 stations made the switch per the government's original mandated hard date. The local Scripps paper, the Abilene Reporter-News, appears to back him up, having reported on Feb. 17 about the station's switch to digital.

The FCC included the station on the list of those it indicated at a June 3 public meeting had gone "silent."

McCoy says his lawyers were contacting the FCC to ask for a retraction. FCC spokesman Mark Wigfield said that the FCC was looking into it. He also said the list was of stations "that had indicated they are going to have difficulty going on the air in digital June 12 and so have filed for extensions." He points out that some of those stations, which included ones with technical problems, might be able to resolve them.

If so, that certainly should not include KXVA, according to Charles Sherrill, chief engineer and station operator. He confirmed the station flash cut to digital Feb. 17 because its analog and digital channels were the same. He says he also checked the FCC filings and "can't see even a hint of anything that would have indicated we were going dark."

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.