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The Wright Response - September 26, 2013

By: Mike Wright Email
By: Mike Wright Email

Questions about some promotions KBTX is a part of, and a showdown between CBS and a cable provider were the subjects of some questions to News 3. General Manager Mike Wright has answers in this edition of the Wright Response.

KBTX General Manager, Mike Wright

There was and is a lot in the news about the big retransmission fee disagreement between Time Warner Cable and CBS. This is complicated. My counterpart at Suddenlink the primary cable provider for this area, and I have discussions on this from time to time. A couple moved from this area to Bell County a while back, still stays in touch, and had a good question some KBTX viewers may be asking as well.

J-B says:

Mike, How's life in KBTX? I have KBTX's website on my favorites and keep up with the news over thataway. Life is fine in here although we miss Crystal, Brenda and Barbara. I know CBS has cut off their connections with some of the larger cities, but what about independent stations like KBTX and KWTX? Will CBS's little tiff affect you guys? I remember several years ago the same thing happened with Dish Network, and it was settled.

The disagreement is between Time Warner Cable and CBS owned and operated stations. KBTX and our sister station in Waco are owned by Gray Television. While the company is one of the largest owners of CBS-affiliated television stations, the CBS Corporation owns several of their own including KTVT in Dallas and others in several major markets. This dispute does not affect KBTX at all. Our agreement is primarily with Suddenlink though there are many other cable compies in the region that carry KBTX. Time Warner is the primary provider in the Waco-Temple-Killeen area. We are indeed pleased and grateful for the relationship we have with our friends at Suddenlink, working together to continue serving this community.

Jennifer wrote in:

Please send me the contact person's name that is involved with Stellar Students or forward this email to the contact person. I would like to submit names of students and need the forms.

KBTX and MidSouth Synergy have partnered in a different program that involves giving away a new car to a graduating senior. Atkinson Toyota approached us about supporting "It Pays to Stay." At the beginning of the school year, high school seniors from throughout the region can sign up to dedicate themselves to perfect attendance in the classroom. Those who have perfect attendance by the end of the school year are eligible for scholarships and one will win a new car. Stellar Students could return in some form later down the road, but with class attendance being an issue, this was one way we could do what we could to encourage seniors to attend class - during a year in which skipping can be - tempting. "Senior-it is" as we used to call it.

We get editorial comments from time to time. Football season is underway, all eyes seem to be on Johnny and the Aggies these days.

Here's a note:

Football was a diversion from military dorm life not the most important thing on the main campus. Research, teaching, and distribution of the most up to date information seem to be taking a minor role. Extension's activities have been taken over by others with the instillation of the 5$ per person per event Administration Assent Recovery requirement. The large scale elimination of Professional Teaching staff has had an impact and now we are told that the same fate will befall professional research staff. O well - administration of the property will be a lot easier with only sporting events over priced to the point that a person of average means could not afford to attend.

Thanks for being in touch with your questions or comments. We're always listening, and your opinion matters to KBTX News 3.


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