Wed, Nov 27, 2013 12:31 PM
KILLINGTON - Persistence pays off as Killington's Channel 14 is
likely to be back on the air soon, perhaps by Thanksgiving.
Back in October, cable provider Comcast decided to replace the
channel - which featured outdoor sports programming, events at the
Killington Mountain Resort, and other local content - with a home
shopping network channel.
"If you don't like this," Killington 14 TV posted on its Facebook
page Oct. 9, "please pick up the phone and call Comcast at
1-800-COMCAST and let them know!!!"
Viewers did, according to Jeff Dumais at Outdoor Television, the
company that provides most of the channel's programming. Besides
the local content, the channel shows lifestyle features and outdoor
"We've been working with Comcast to remedy the situation, and we
could possibly be back on the air by Thanksgiving," said
In a previous interview, Killington Chamber of Commerce member
Vince Chiarella said the channel provided a valuable service.
"It featured local businesses and the night life in Killington.
People always watched it to see the ski conditions. But Comcast
decided they wanted to make more money," he said.
The situation wasn't quite that simple, according to Channel 14
station manager Steve Kent. Channel 14 had been operating for about
25 years without a vital legal document in place.
"We were operating without a formal agreement," Kent said. Such
agreements set out the terms under which the local channel can
Local support, however, made the difference, Kent continued.
"The resort's been great in supporting the local station and its
programming," he said. "There's been an outpouring of support from
viewers. They're passionate, and let their feelings be
Kent was also impressed with Comcast's response.
"It takes a lot of people to move a company as large as Comcast,"
he said. "Comcast listened to their customers, and they've been
trying really hard to get us back on the air."
For all the optimism, Kent said, some final details still need to
be ironed out.
"We're still in negotiation," he said. "We had a great discussion
with Comcast, and we're finalizing the details."
Had the deal not gone through, PEG-TV had been thinking about
taking over some of Channel 14's services, according to PEG-TV
Executive Director Mike Valentine. Valentine said the PEG-TV board
had discussed the situation at its most recent regular
"Nothing's been decided," he said. "We've decided to hold back and
see what happens."
At the Killington TV 14 Facebook page, the most recent post (as of
Nov. 24) reads, "We… hope to be back on the air very soon, if not
by Thanksgiving. Thanks to all who helped by reaching out to
Comcast. That and the efforts of Rob Megnin and his team really
made the difference. Thanks and have a happy Thanksgiving!"