Writer encourages consumers to make their voices known
To the Editor:
The recent CableOne legal notices and Duncan Banner articles explaining CableOne’s decision to drop Oklahoma City NBC, CBS & FOX television stations is more than a bottom line issue for us consumers. We, the consumers, subscribe to cable service because a standard antenna will not receive the Oklahoma City TV stations adequately.
Oklahoma weather reports are critical to our safety. Oklahoma news is important to a well-informed citizen. Oklahoma businesses profit when we buy their advertised products. Texas television stations will not provide this critical information to us.
The Federal Communications Commission’s representative recommended we cable consumers contact the local franchise authority as well as the owners of the cable company and the TV broadcasters about our concerns.
The local franchise authority is the City of Duncan (Duncan City Council). KOKH-TV owner is Sinclair Broadcast Group, David Smith, CEO, phone 410-568-1500. KFOR-TV owner is Local TV, Bobby Lawrence, CEO, phone 859-448-2707. KWTV-DT owner is Griffin Licensing LLC, David Griffin, CEO, phone 405-841-9155.
If Duncan and Marlow cable customers want Oklahoma weather, news and information, all of us must contact the responsible decision-makers and relate our concerns about this critical issue. We live and work in Oklahoma — not it Texas.
Writer wonders why this information had to be ‘found’
To The Editor:
I am stunned that CableOne did not announce their intentions regarding the deletion of our Oklahoma City television channels. Thanks to some astute Duncanites who read the “legals,” on Dec. 1, it came to light before we awakened Jan. 1 to discover we had lost these channels. I suppose CableOne thought that no one would be aware during this busy time of year and the deed would be done without notice.
I have a son who lives in Enid and a daughter who lives in Oklahoma City, and I want to know what’s happening up there. I couldn’t care less about news, sports and weather from Texas. I wonder how they would react if Texas television was taken from them and replaced by Oklahoma Stations.
Surely someone can give a “stay of execution” to our Oklahoma channels, at least until all the people in Duncan and Marlow have a chanced to voice their opinion.
I feel that our rights to freedom of choice are being violated and disregarded.
Please write The Banner. We need a firestorm of letters against this decision. Maybe that will get the attention of CableOne and emphasize to them how important the retention of our Oklahoma-based television is to us.
Carol Ann Stevenson