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.
Former Riverside Treasurer Accused of Stealing
STEUBEN CO. (WENY) -- Investigators say the former treasurer for the village of Riverside stole more than $80,000 from taxpayers. State police arrested Kristina Johnson in November for grand larceny and falsifying business records.
In an audit released this week, NYS Comptroller Tom Dinapoli says Johnson made extra payments to herself, skimmed money off rent payments and used the village's credit card for personal purchases between August 2008 and February 2013.
DiNapoli has suggested the village board take action to recover the lost funds. He also made several recommendations to help improve village financial controls. These include:
- Implement comprehensive policies and procedures over payroll;
- Develop policies and procedures that safeguard cash receipts. These policies and procedures should segregate duties, hold individual employees accountable for collections made, and detail which reports will be maintained to verify amounts collected;
- Require prior approval for adjustments, write-offs or refunds in the water and sewer accounts;
- Adopt a comprehensive credit card policy and review and update the policy annually; and
- Require the treasurer to provide monthly financial reports that include a list of all moneys received and disbursed, budget-to-actual comparisons, fund balance amounts and reconciled cash balances for each fund.
Johnson is due back in court on May first.