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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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.
G20: All Access - US parents continue fight for Russian adoptions
ST. PETERSBURG (09/05/2013) - Over the last 20 years more than 60,000 Russian children have been adopted by American parents.
But that isn’t happening anymore, after Russian president Vladimir Putin put an end to the adoptions in January.
The move was in retaliation for a U.S. measure that cleared the way for human rights sanctions.
Families still fighting for the children they want to adopt are watching G20 negotiations closely, in hopes world leaders will bring the ban up.
Dan Pinkelman is one of the parents looking for answers about the 7-year-old Russian orphan he was hoping to adopt
“We don’t have any updates or any status on him,” said Pinkelman.
The National Council for Adoption says about 2,000 American families were in the middle of Russian adoptions when the ban went into effect.
“It’s a human tragedy that children live and die in orphanages around the world anyway how much worse is this tragedy that it’s because of politics,” said Chuck Johnson, President of the National Council for Adoption.
Politics might be the cause, but our political leaders are the ones with the power to help lift the ban. Parents are asking them to push President Obama to talk about the issue.
“It’s heartbreaking. So I have written Secretary Kerry, written the President about it. We gotta be sure Kerry and the President deal with the issue and tell the Russians, ‘Look, just allow these kids to have a better life. Many of whom are desperate to have a family who loves them,” Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) told Washington Bureau Chief Jacqueline Policastro.
The families are putting pressure on any member of Congress who will listen. They have spent the year lobbying on Capitol Hill and collecting thousands of letters of support.
“To take it out on babies and on young children is an outrage. The Russians should never do that. Some of their own people are very upset with them by the way,” said Michigan Senator Carl Levin (D).
The parents say they keep working because they want to keep the issue alive, realizing they might never be reunited with the Russian children they hoped to adopt.
“I will be at peace as a parent knowing the child I had in my home for two weeks has a family,” said Jennifer Diehl, an American mother whose Russian adoption is still in limbo.
Peace hasn’t come yet for the families because all communication between the families and Russian children has been shut down. Now the only thing left to hear is the strong voice of our lawmakers.
“A lot of American parents have gone to Russia to adopt children. And the Russians are playing political games with it. I hope the kind of bilateral talks that the us and Russia have on a whole host of issues that this can be one of them,” said Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH).
Vice president Biden and Sec. of State John Kerry have brought the issue up in very high level discussions without success.
President Obama is in St. Petersburg right now but he isn’t planning on meeting one-on- one with Russian president Vladimir Putin.