Comcast strikes new deal in West Virginia

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Comcast in West Virginia has reached an agreement to make the state’s pubTV station available to customers there — but despite negotiations with Gov. Joe Manchin and Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV), the deal is little different from the original. Comcast will not put West Virginia PBS back on its basic and standard cable tiers, which Charleston station requested after receiving angry calls from listeners. Comcast’s compromise: It agreed to provide free digital converter boxes to customers for two years instead of one. Meanwhile, in Georgia, Comcast yesterday “clarified” the channel shift of WNGH, Georgia Public TV, in Chattanooga, Tenn. Here’s Current‘s May 20 story on the controversy.