WALA-TV and WFNA-TV recently began using their respective programming to warn folks in their broadcast areas who receive their respective programming through Cox Communications' cable TV systems in northwest Florida (including Pensacola and Fort Walton Beach) about the retransmission consent contract between their owners at LIN Media and Cox Communications expiring this Friday, March 14th, and the possibility of their not having a new retransmission consent contract by then, meaning all of the cable TV systems owned by Cox Communications that usually provided programming from stations owned by LIN Media would be required to stop doing so in accordance with federal law.
One of the methods WALA-TV and WFNA-TV used to warn customers of Cox Communications in their broadcast areas about the retransmission consent situation is constantly broadcast a programming segment with text explaining the situation and suggesting what they could do to make Cox Communications agree to a new retransmission consent contract (by contacting Cox Communications by telephone and telling them they do not want to lose programming from WALA-TV and WFNA-TV) while an audio recording of its announcer Greg O'Neill delivering the same message played (Greg O'Neill is the main announcer for WALA-TV's local news programming). Another method they had been using on a constant basis is broadcast a ticker with a message explaining the situation during their regular syndicated programs and network programs (note: all of these methods suggested visiting WALA-TV's official World Wide Web site for more information, including the telephone number from the method described earlier).
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