Since humans began using the Gregorian calendar, Dec. 31 has signified a day of cleansing, reckoning and perhaps most optimistically, new hope. Weâ€™ll have none of that around here, thanks.
Three days from now, television-watching Louisvillians may notice a change on their dial. WYCS â€” the call letters stand for â€œYour Community Stationâ€ â€” will be gone from channel 24, a spot itâ€™s held for nearly a decade. In its place will be TV One, which airs programming geared toward African Americans.
The change was announced to WYCS general manager Mark Stanton in a two-sentence letter, dated Aug. 19, from Insight Communicationsâ€™ New York corporate headquarters. It offered WYCS no other location in any of Insightâ€™s television packages.
After some pushback both from the station and its viewers, Insight offered WYCS channel 759 in its digital package. Stanton has made it clear he doesnâ€™t want that, and said last week that the contract Insight initially offered was â€œnot acceptable.â€
Although he couldnâ€™t discuss specifics, Stanton said the stationâ€™s attorney is working with Insightâ€™s corporate office to generate a contract more pleasing to the station. Ostensibly, that means WYCS could end up with a better spot than channel 759.
â€œAt this point, Iâ€™m certainly open to any sort of compromise, if that should be offered,â€ Stanton said. â€œBut I have no reason to believe that would be offered.â€
Stanton lobbied the Metro Councilâ€™s Contracts and Appropriations committee at a Nov. 17 meeting, and he has sent numerous mass e-mails about the subject. City government, however, has no authority over the cable providerâ€™s programming decisions. Its only responsibility is to administer the cityâ€™s cable franchise agreement with Insight, which was violated last summer when Insight merged with the Carlyle Group, according to a recent analysis by the County Attorneyâ€™s office.
Insight community relations manager Reba Doutrick was out of town at press time; other representatives did not return calls seeking comment.