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.
Health Alert for Corning Hospital Patients
The following is a press release from Guthrie Health:
Corning, N.Y. -- Guthrie Corning Hospital announced today that an investigation found that between Oct. 15, 2012 and Jan. 29, 2013 a registered nurse did not follow proper infection control protocol with single-use saline syringes. The nurse is no longer with Guthrie Corning Hospital.
As a precautionary measure, Guthrie Corning Hospital has mailed letters to 236 patients hospitalized at Guthrie Corning Hospital who were treated by the nurse identified reusing single-use saline syringes. If a patient did not receive a letter but was hospitalized during that time, he or she is not at risk.
Patients who receive a letter are asked to call a special toll-free number, 1-855-316-7944, to coordinate an appointment for precautionary testing or to speak with someone if they have questions of any kind. Guthrie will reimburse patients for appointments or testing at a Guthrie facility or at a facility of the patient’s choice.
“Guthrie Corning Hospital conducted a thorough investigation and has coordinated with the New York State Department of Health,” said Brian Fillipo, MD, MMM, Chief Medical Officer at Guthrie Healthcare System. Fillipo added, “We have confirmed that no other nurses were following this practice and this was an isolated incident. In fact, Guthrie Corning Hospital’s nurses are taught and instructed to use the single-use saline syringe one time and then discard it. We are evaluating our training program to determine if any changes need to be made.”
No needle is used during a saline flush. Saline syringes are used to flush IV tubing before and after medication is administered through an IV. Guthrie Corning Hospital, like most hospitals in the United States, uses single-use saline syringes.
Fillipo emphasized, at this time, there is no documentation of any specific patient where this occurred or an indication of the transmission of any blood borne infections for any patient who received an IV saline flush from this individual during this period.
“We apologize for the concern this has caused our patients,” Fillipo said. He added, “Our primary concern is with our patients and ensuring they receive precautionary testing.”
The risk of potential infections is considered low, nevertheless, there may be a risk that some patients could have been potentially exposed to certain blood borne infections such as hepatitis B virus, (HBV), hepatitis C virus (HCV) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).
Summary of Actions Taken by Guthrie Corning Hospital:
· Initiated an internal audit of the use of saline flush syringes
· Reported a concern about potential inappropriate use of saline flush syringes to the New York State Health Department
· Sent letter to all hospitalized patients who possibly had exposure to a saline flush reuse during the period Oct. 15, 2012 and Jan. 29, 2013
· Contacted all primary care physicians listed in the medical record of the affected patients
· Set up a special number for patients to call to coordinate appointments or to speak with someone if they have questions
· Reviewed and reinforced all policies and procedures in relation to saline flush protocol