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.
If you would like to learn more about local television and what can be done to help, please visit
You can also determine the type of antenna needed to receive the signals of Lilly Broadcasting television stations at http://www.antennaweb.org/.
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.
Minimum Wage Increase Proposal
WASHINGTON D.C. (WENY) -- The snow and ice brought our nation’s capital to a standstill – shutting down the federal government in the process. Lawmakers may not be on Capitol Hill today, but many restaurants, bars and other local shops are still open.
Those employees – who make their living off of tips – are earning $2.13 cents an hour under the federal tipped minimum wage. Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown is introducing legislation today that will raise the tipped minimum wage to 70 percent of the regular minimum wage.
Brown’s legislation would also increase the regular minimum wage to $10.10 an hour from its current $7.25 under the Fair Minimum Wage Act. This means tipped workers could see their wages increase to $7.10 – or even higher.
Some economists say raising the minimum wage for both tipped and non-tipped workers could lift 4.6 million people out of poverty and could help boost the GDP by $33 billion – and generate 140,000 new jobs in the process.
“There’s just no reason why we shouldn’t raise the minimum wage overall, and raise the tipped minimum wage, so that people that work as valets, and work at airports, and work at hotels, and are waiting tables, that they can make a decent, honorable living for the hard work that they do,” says Ohio Senator, Sherrod Brown.
Many Republicans, like Senator Rob Portman, say the number one way to deal with income inequality is not to raise the federal minimum wage – but to create more jobs. Republicans point out that only three percent of the nation’s workers make the minimum wage, and half of those workers are under 25 years old.