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.
Contamination Concerns: Ithaca Development
UPDATE: The City of Ithaca Zoning Board has voted to table any further development approvals until the board can review more information regarding the recent environmental concerns. The Stone Quarry Apartment complex will be back on the board's agenda next meeting, August 26th.
ITHACA (WENY) -- A 35 unit apartment complex it's is in last stage of approval before breaking ground; however information brought to light by environmentalist may be causing some push back to the plans.
Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services and PathStone Development hope to have the complex done by late Spring; however, Walter Hang of Toxics Targeting says it would sit on top of contaminated soil.
"There are patrolium odors there are chemical odors there's stained soil," said Hang "We know there's a lot of contaminiation at this site. Probably at mimnimum 100,000 cubic feet of polluted dirt."
Hang is President of Toxins Targetting, a private organization that collects data about known or potential toxic sites across New York.
Reports he got by submitting a Freedom of Information Act request show the site is contaminated by lead, petrolium, and cancer causign pollutants.
"There are whole variety of compounds that can increase cancer risks that are known to be toxic to humans," said Hang. "The problem is they haven't been cleaned up."
Meantime, Paul Mazzarella, the executive director of Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services says that they knew about the contamination two years ago and they're taking proper steps in addressing it.
"We believbre that there is maybe a very small amount of contaminants in the ground the site," said Mazarella.
Mazarella said the property on Spencer Road in Ithaca has been used since the 1960's for automobile services, repairs, storage, and a junk yard.
"So it's probable, although we don't know for sure that what we're seeing there are the remnants of some low-level of leaking tanks or leaking transmission, a small spill," said Mazarella.
He says there's only about a dump truck worth of soil that's contaminated, or about an area 10 feet by 10 feet.
The first steps of construction in September will be removing any soil and groundwater that poses a risk.