Yes, that was CMA on a WGN feature about digital TV...

Posted by Mitchell - December 19, 2005 (entry 387)

We welcome those of you who saw the segment about digital television on the December 19, 2005 episode of WGN News at Nine (and on CLTV as well, it turns out). We encourage you to take a look around the website and let us know if you have any questions or would like to join our mailing list for further actions.

This could rank as the most ironic news programming decision of all time, since the Tribune-owned WGN aired a segment including a party which is suing WGN at the FCC for the station's very broadcast license.

There's an update to share in the digital television realm: the U.S. House passed legislation with a hard deadline in February 2009 and a half-billion dollars for transition subsidies. Will it be enough money? Will it enable the twenty percent of Chicagoans who still use over-the-air TV to convert to digital TV in three years and do what couldn't be done in ten years? A lot can happen in three years; where the flexibility? (Obviously, I don't think this can happen peaceably; please somebody show me wrong.) And what's with today's vote taking place almost entirely along party lines? If there's one thing about politics, it's that you don't mess with people's TV sets; it could make the FCC Uprising of 2003 look like small potatoes.

In other news, Common Cause announced its list of Media Meanies for the year that was.

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