In addition to the likelihood of some layoffs when the operations of Local 7 WTVW and WEHT-NEWS 25 are combined, it now appears that there will be another casualty of the Nexstar purchase of WEHT.
During Wednesday's meeting with the station's staff, in response to a question about the future of the NEWS 25 Sports Channel, sources confirm that Nexstar Broadcasting head Perry Sook explained that most Nexstar stations do not operate subchannels because they are difficult to sell advertising on and to maintain properly, which indicates that the Sports Channel will, at some point, be phased out.
Introduced with much fanfare in August 2010, the Sports Channel currently broadcasts "After Further Review" (a nightly sports talk show), area high school sporting events (including football, which is currently airing on Friday nights), IHSAA championship tournaments, and, during the season, USI Screaming Eagles home basketball games, although inconsistent cable carriage and a complete lack of a presence on satellite have prevented many viewers in the Tri-State from watching it. Those who can see it have told me from the beginning that they were turned off by the poor quality of the Wazoo Sports programming which makes up much of the schedule.
If it goes away, will you miss the NEWS 25 Sports Channel? Share your thoughts in the comments below.