Posted: Friday, December 12, 2008 12:46 pm
Several local residents informed The Messenger today that Charter Communications has removed Channel 3 (WREG-ABC, Memphis), Channel 4 (WMC-NBC, Memphis) and Channel 5 (WTVF-CBS, Nashville) from its cable lineup. One reader said he contacted Charter about the situation since he will not longer be able to watch the Titans and see Nashville news, much of which pertains to political decisions being made on Capitol Hill. He said Charter informed him to call City Hall and let officials there know the change has made him upset. City manager Don Thornton told The Messenger this morning he was unaware the stations had been pulled from the lineup and is unsure there is anything the city can do about it. “We don’t have any control over the cable lineup,” he said, adding he plans to call his contacts at Charter to find out why the stations were removed. Charter officials were unable to be contacted at press time. Since press time, the reader who spoke with Charter officials contacted Thornton, who said city government no longer has any control over the cable service provider because the Tennessee State Legislature passed legislation that voids all previous cable contracts as to generate open competition for services in the State of Tennessee.