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Public television returns to Tazewell and Buchanan counties.
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Some Southwest Virginia viewers are getting their public television back. About 27,000 households in Tazewell and Buchanan counties can now receive West Virginia PBS through Time Warner Cable, four months after the Roanoke PBS station was forced to turn off two transmitters due to budget cuts.
Time Warner picks up the PBS signal from transmitter WSWP-TV in Welch, W.Va., which went online in February. WSWP’s over-the-air signal can also be picked up on channel 9 in parts of Giles and Bland counties by viewers with digital antennas or converter boxes. Those counties also receive Blue Ridge PBS.
Blue Ridge PBS (WBRA-TV, Channel 15) closed the transmitters for WMSY-TV in Marion and WSBN-TV in Norton on April 30 in order to reduce expenses after the state eliminated all public broadcasting funding. The Roanoke PBS affiliate also blamed PBS fees increases for its budget shortfall.
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