FCC Permits WGHP To Move Signal To Pre-DTV Transition Channel
Station Found Many Viewers Could No Longer Get Station Over The Air
John Eggerton 10/29/2009 1:27:52 PM

The Federal Communications Commission has proposed allowing WGHP High Point, N.C. to move its over-the-air DTV signal from VHF ch. 8 to its pretransition digital channel, UHF ch. 35.

The station had moved from ch. 35 to ch. 8 on June 12, when it ended analog transmissions on ch. 8, but found that "a sizeable number" of its viewers could no longer get the station over the air.

The FCC granted the station a temporary waiver to operate on both ch. 8 and 35. After monitoriting over the past few months, the station concluded it would be "best served" by the move to the UHF channel. The FCC agreed and proposes to allow the move.

Approximately a half-dozen stations are still deciding whether to switch channels, an FCC spokesperson said Thursday.