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New CW channel debuts on Atlantic Broadband

Change eliminates popular Pittsburgh sports show

Atlantic Broadband customers in the Altoona area are now receiving a new CW channel.

Atlantic Broadband recent­ly was informed by the owner of broadcast station WJAC-TV, Johnstown, that it was establishing a local CW station to serve the Johnstown-Altoona area.

In accordance with the rules which govern “in-market” stations, Atlantic Broadband is required to carry this local station, said Andrew Walton, Atlantic Broadband spokesman.

The programming on this CW station substantially duplicates that which is found on WPCW-Pitts­burgh. As a result, Atlantic Broadband notified its subscribers last month that the CW channel closer to our service area would replace the more distant CW station from Pittsburgh, effective Nov. 12, Walton said.

The change leaves customers in the Altoona area without some popular programs such as a sports talk show with Bob Pompeani and pre- and post-game Pittsburgh Steelers programming.

“Lots of sports fans locally are outraged by this turn of events,” wrote Kathie Richardson of Hollidays­burg in an email to the Mirror.

Rich DeLeo of Altoona is a regular caller to Pompeani’s show but said he wasn’t aware of the change because he has Dish Network.

Walton said channel changes are made from time to time.

“In this case, we were required to carry the ‘in-market’ CW station,” he said. “Feedback received has been at normal levels typical with this kind of change, with customers understanding that most of the programming is the same, as both are CW channels.” Walton said.

CW Pittsburgh is owned by the CBS Television Stations subsidiary of CBS Corp., as part of a duopoly with Pittsburgh-licensed CBS owned-and-operated station KDKA-TV.

KDKA-TV director of programming Mike Karas did not respond to email and voice mail messages seeking comment.

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