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Barring a last-hour settlement Monday night, television station WDVM was to be dropped from Antietam Broadband’s cable system at midnight, according to WDVM’s website.
The station and cable system have been trying to reach a new contract agreement that determines how much Antietam Broadband pays WDVM for its news, sports, weather and entertainment content. In the days leading up to Monday’s deadline, the WDVM website carried a notice urging viewers to call Antietam “and demand they keep WDVM 25 on the air.”
Negotiations of some past contracts have neared deadlines, but the cable company and the television station have reached agreements.
“We are working hard to negotiate an agreement. But if Antietam elects not to renew, Antietam customers will lose WDVM’s Washington County news, weather and sports from the system,” Andy Wyatt, vice president and general manager of WDVM, said in a news story posted to the WDVM website.
According to WDVM, no other cable or satellite company is affected. It states that other providers, such as Dish, are available, and that the WDVM signal can be picked up free over the air with a digital antenna.
WDVM originally signed on the air as WHAG in 1970. For decades, the station carried local news, sports and weather programming and operated as an NBC affiliate.
After the relationship with NBC ended in 2016, WHAG expanded its news operation and added programs from the Heroes & Icons network.
In July 2017, the station rebranded itself under the call sign of WDVM-TV. According to published reports, the change came after the station expanded its coverage area by 1.2 million households.
WDVM is owned by Nexstar, a telecommunications company headquartered in Irving, Texas.
Antietam Broadband offers digital television, high-speed internet and digital phone services to residents and businesses in Washington County. Antietam Broadband is owned by Schurz Communications Inc., which is headquartered in Mishawaka, Ind.
Schurz Communications also is the parent company of Herald-Mail Media.