SC’s WBTW Files FCC Complaint After Being Dropped By Time Warner

By Andrew Gauthier 

Broadcast Engineering

MSO Time Warner Cable has dropped WBTW-TV, the CBS affiliate serving South Carolina’s Grand Strand area, from its channel lineup in certain markets. The station’s outraged owner has retaliated by filing an emergency enforcement complaint with the FCC.

Time Warner dropped the station, licensed to Florence, SC, on Aug. 11 from systems serving Georgetown, SC. By the end of September, the cable operator plans to drop the station from the South Carolina communities of Johnsonville, Effingham, Murrells Inlet, and Pawleys Island, as well as Richmond and Brunswick counties in North Carolina.

Time Warner said it dropped WBTW because it is an out-of-market station providing duplicative programming. More…