600 stations making switch to DTV February 17

Posted by Terry Alexander

RICHOND, VA (WWBT) - Television stations like WWBT, will delay making the switch from analog to digital transmission until June 12, but that doesn't mean everyone will.

In fact, the FCC confirms that more than 600 stations will either have already turned off their analog signal, or will do so Tuesday, Feb. 17; stations like WRLH  FOX Richmond. They are turning off their analog transmitter Tuesday. The only station in Richmond to do so.

"I think we've done our due diligence. I think we're ready. I think the overwhelming majority of our viewers are ready at least for us and we made the decision to go," said WRLH Station Manager Steve Genett.

A sudden loss of television service is a concern since so many people rely on TV for warnings and with weather alerts.

So the FCC is requiring television markets that are moving ahead with digital to agree that at least one analog signal will continue to broadcast news, public affairs and emergency alerts for the next 60 days.

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