Tuesday, July 17, 2012

WTVI to carry DNC?

WTVI (Channel 42), Charlotte's independent public television station, hasn't decided yet whether it will carry the PBS nightly coverage of the Democratic National Convention, which opens here in September.
WTVI is not a primary PBS affiliate, meaning it has access to only a limited number of PBS shows, and not always in the same time slots they are carried on other PBS stations.
Jeff Lowrance of Central Piedmont Community College, which took control of the station this month, says the station is waiting to find out whether PBS's nightly coverage will be made available to WTVI. Some other shows, like the network's annual Fourth of July coverage, are offered to non-primary stations for contemporaneous broadcast, he says.
Both UNC-TV and S.C.'s ETV statewide networks, which are available to Charlotte viewers, are expected to carry the PBS coverage, which stays with the convention throughout the evening hours. Commercial networks tend to broadcast one hour of wrap-up coverage at the end of the night.