Raycom's 54 TV stations will remain on DBS distributor DIRECTV at least through Sept. 12.
Raycom announced that their existing carriage agreement had been extended for a second time, this time as Hurricane Irma threatens the coastal U.S.
The previous extension, through Sept. 5, was so that DirecTV subs could get the latest local information on Hurricane Harvey, as well as on the relief efforts, which Raycom was contributing to.
“Raycom Media stations are committed to keeping our communities informed and prepared in the days ahead, as Hurricane Irma approaches,” said Raycom President Pat LaPlatney. “We’re pleased that DIRECTV recognized the importance of maintaining that connection between local stations and their viewers a second time and accepted our offer of another extension,” said LaPlatney.
Raycom pointed to a TVB study showing that local TV news was the top source for Hurricane Harvey information.
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.
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