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WENY seeking to resolve negotiation with DirecTV
Lilly Broadcasting, parent of WENY, is continuing its efforts to renew its carriage agreement with DirecTV after reaching an impasse, resulting in WENY potentially not being carried by DirecTV.
We have prepared this page to help you continue to watch your local station, WENY, if DIRECTV stops providing them in the service package you subscribed to.
If DIRECTV stops providing your local channels you can still receive our news and programming through these other channels:
• Over-the-air with an antenna
• Other satellite providers
• Cable systems all through our area
• Our news is always available online through our Apple and Android apps and Web site (WENY.com).
Every employee of our TV station lives here with you - we all give time, effort and money towards bettering our town. Each of us feels terrible we have no control over DIRECTV's decision to remove local channels from a service you pay for.
The Lilly Broadcasting negotiating team has been ready and available around-the-clock to engage in substantive negotiations with DirecTV—in hopes of concluding a fair agreement that reflects the current marketplace.
We recognize viewers will be upset, and we share your frustration.
Since 2015, DIRECTV has been involved in nearly 60% of all carriage disputes with broadcasters—by far the largest amount of any pay TV operator. In fact, DIRECTV has refused to carry one or more broadcasters nearly every week since this past Christmas.
In the end, DIRECTV’s tactics will hurt their subscribers and you—our viewers. DIRECTV is making subscribers pay for programming they are not receiving. That just isn’t fair.
While DIRECTV may stop carrying WENY, we have not ‘blacked out’ our station. You may continue to receive WENY for free, over the air, and, where available, from your local cable or satellite operators. Additionally, we believe DIRECTV should offer refunds or credits to DIRECTV subscribers who are not receiving WENY. We recommend that subscribers contact DirecTV customer service to ask about a refund or a credit at 1-877-710-6331.
We hope DirecTV shares our sense of urgency in keeping WENY on for its subscribers. We appreciate the patience and support of viewers such as you, and we will continue to work diligently to reach a fair agreement that reflects the value of our stations in the current market place.
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Finally, to contact DirecTV regarding the inconvenience caused by its unfair tactics and unreasonable demands, please call DirecTV customer service at 1-877-710-6331.
Skinny Dipping Scandal
August 20, 2012
Elmira (WENY) - A skinny dipping incident involving a republican member of Congress last summer has wider implications than just the lawmaker involved. Republican Congressman Tom Reed was on the same trip, which comes to light as he campaigns for re-election. According to political journalism organization Politico.com, the FBI is looking into allegations that Kansas congressman Kevin Yoder swam naked in the Sea of Galilee in Israel last summer, during a Congressional fact-finding mission. Congressman Tom Reed admits that he was on the same trip, and also swam in the holy sea, but remained clothed. With an election right around the corner this is not something Congressman Reed wanted to deal with.
“The bottom line is we have nothing to hide, I've always told each and everyone of you and I tell everyone we understand where we're at and we're not going to hide from anything,” says Reed.
Like any other vacation, some dinner, some drinking and a late night swim couldn't hurt anyone right? Well that
“My wife and I went swimming in the Sea of Galilee, appropriately clothed. And obviously we're going to learn from that and take that into consideration when we're moving forward,” says Reed.
Fellow congressman Kevin Yoder of Kansas admitted to swimming naked and has since apologized for the incident. WENY Political analysis Jim Twombly says if Reed has come out with the truth then his image to voters should be unscathed come the November election, despite the story getting national attention.
“If that's the case then there shouldn't be any damage to him at all. There are some that are calling for all of the congressman involved it the incident to resign but I find that little far fetched,” says Twombly.
Reed says he didn't feel the swimming situation was inappropriate when it happened, but does admit it's taught more about being in the public spotlight.
Twombly says right now, these trips are acceptable, but lawmakers' conduct can cause ethical dilemmas, as in the case of Congressman Yoder.
“Right now it is apparently in the legitimate bounds of the ethics committee but congress has needed ethics reforms for years.”
Reed says he has not been contacted by the F-B-I, and is unsure of whether the agency is really investigating the matter.
The American Israel Education Foundation sponsored the trip, which ran from August 13 to 21 last year.