State Representative Paul Davis (D-Milford/Orange/West Haven) is calling for officials at Cablevision and WFSB-Channel 3 to continue to negotiate and restore Connecticut’s CBS affiliate’s service to the three New Haven County towns of Milford, Orange and Woodbridge.
WFSB-Channel 3, located in Rocky Hill, as well as WCBS from New York, went dark Friday in the three New Haven County towns and also in eight Litchfield County towns following a contract dispute with Cablevision.
“This development is very disturbing to me and not fair to subscribers in Milford, Orange and Woodbridge,” Rep. Davis said. “Customers in these towns are served by both the Connecticut and New York stations’ news, weather, and other locally produced public affairs programs and losing these stations is a disservice to them.”
“I understand that these contract talks are complicated and involve important economic issues,” Rep. Davis continued. “However, I urge that all the parties involve continue to negotiate in good faith keeping the interest of their Connecticut subscriber’s in mind well as their own interests.”
State Representative James Maroney (D-Milford/Orange) also called for the issue “to be resolved in the interest of the stations’ customers who should not be deprived of the vital local information and programming that they that they deserve to be able to receive.”
Rep. Davis added that Cablevision and WFSB-Channel 3’s state viewers should not be held hostage because of their ongoing contract dispute and that he will continue to work with all the area’s legislators to get the matter resolved.