Station's closure could mean no ABC for area viewers

By Micah Green/The Columbus Commercial Dispatch

A new fall television season is set to begin next month, but viewers in the Golden Triangle might have to find an alternative means of catching shows like “Modern Family” and “Dancing With The Stars” and other ABC hits.

Local ABC affiliate WKDH will cease broadcasts midnight Aug. 31.

Officials with WKDH could not be reached, but the station, located in Houston, provided a statement on their website.

“It is with extreme regret, remorse, and disappointment that we must make the following announcement. Due to financial conditions in recent years, effective at 11:59 p.m. on August 31, 2012, WKDH will terminate operations for the foreseeable future,” the statement said.

Southern Broadcasting Inc. has held the station’s license since 2001.

Stuart Kellogg, president of Jackson-based ABC affiliate WAPT, said cable users might have the opportunity to catch ABC programming, if the company decides to operate on what he called a Digital Two, D2, channel.

Repeated attempts to speak with local Metrocast officials about whether or not they carry D2 channels were unsuccessful.

No decisions have been made yet.

“ABC gave me a courtesy call and told me nothing has been decided yet,” Kellogg said. “But this is happening to a lot of markets, including here in Mississippi. If I was a betting man, I would say that is probably what will happen.”

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