EPB forced to drop Bowling Green stations


By OJ Stapleton - [email protected]



If you get your television service from the Russellville Electric Plant Board, you won’t have NBC and CBS stations from Bowling Green for much longer.

The EPB announced yesterday that effective January 1, 2017, it will no longer be permitted to carry the NBC and CBS network programming of WNKY-TV from Bowling Green due to restrictions by that station’s networks.

According to their announcement, “Cable operators, such as REPB, are only permitted to carry a broadcast television station with that station’s consent, and REPB’s consent agreement to carry WNKY terminates at the end of this year. The NBC and CBS network affiliation agreements that WNKY has with those networks now prohibit WNKY from granting REPB permission to carry its network programming after December 31, 2016. As a result, REPB will discontinue carriage of the WNKY station on Friday December 30, 2016. REPB will continue to carry WSMV- NBC and WTVF-CBS from Nashville.”

The reason behind the change is because Russellville falls within the Nashville DMA (or designated market area) according to the FCC.

The Electric Plant Board began offering cable television service in 2011, but recent developments with the DMA have caused the EPB to not be able to offer as much programming from nearby Bowling Green.

Last year the EPB had to stop offering WBKO on a full-time basis because of a similar situation. Currently, the EPB broadcasts WBKO during the hours when its local news programs air, but the rest of the time it is switched over to the Nashville ABC affiliate.

By OJ Stapleton

[email protected]

To contact OJ Stapleton, email [email protected] or call 270-726-8394.

To contact OJ Stapleton, email [email protected] or call 270-726-8394.

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