Q. I got a notice from Comcast that I was going to lose one of my local stations next month. Do you know anything about this? — Genny, Dunkirk, Maryland. 

Genny, you live in one of the 38 Comcast markets that will lose at least one local channel on December 22, 2020. Before you get too angry, let me explain.

In those 38 markets, Comcast now provides more than one affiliate for at least one network. For example, in Calvert County, Maryland, where you live, the cable operator provides both the Baltimore NBC station (WBAL-TV) and the Washington, D.C. local NBC (WRC-TV).

The reason for the dual coverage is that some residents in that market (and the 37 other markets) have interest in news from both areas because they live roughly the same distance from each. (The 38 markets are largely in rural/suburban areas.)

However, Comcast has had to pay the owners of both stations to deliver their signals. And with pay TV operators looking to cut programming costs, the cable operator has decided to jettison one of the two affiliates in the 38 markets. The affiliates being removed are largely owned by Hearst Communications

“It’s our goal to provide you with the shows and movies you love at a fair price,” Comcast said in the e-mail notice sent to subscribers in the 38 markets. “We work with networks, local TV station owners, streaming companies and others to bring you a range of top programming. As part of this process, we often have to make decisions about what we’re able to offer. Today, you have access to two TV stations affiliated with the same national network, one from your local market, and another from a neighboring market. The owner of the station from the neighboring market is insisting we pay additional fees to continue to carry their station in your area. That station offers much of the same content as the one in your local market. In an effort to keep costs down for our customers, we did not accept their proposal. As a result, we will no longer be able to offer the out-of-market station as of December 22, 2020. Please note that all of the national network programming on this station will continue to be available to you on the network’s local station serving your community.”

The cable operator notes that subscribers will continue to be able to watch the network’s national programming via the one affiliate that stays in their lineup. But they will no longer have access to the news and local programming provided by the affiliate in the neighboring market. (Genny, in your case, you will keep WRC in Washington, but lose WBAL in Baltimore.)

Comcast says subscribers might be able to get the local newscasts of the departing stations on their web sites and/or news apps such as NewsOn.

So which stations will be dropped on December 22? And which markets will be affected? Here they are:

Portales, NM
Affiliate Being Removed
KOAT (ABC)

Affiliate Staying
KVII

Tallapoosa, GA
Affiliate Being Removed
WVTM (NBC)

Affiliate Staying
WXIA

Twin City, GA
Affiliate Being Removed
WJCL (ABC)

Affiliate Staying
WJBF

Wilmot, NH
Affiliate Being Removed
WPTZ (NBC)

Affiliate Staying
WBTS

Horse Cave, KY
Affiliate Being Removed
WLKY (CBS)

Affiliate Staying
WNKY

Claremont, NH
Affiliates Being Removed
WCVB & WMUR (ABC)

Affiliate Staying
WVNY

Colleton County, SC
Affiliate Being Removed
WJCL (ABC)

Affiliate Staying
WCIV

Chico/Oroville, CA
Affiliate Being Removed
KCRA (NBC)

Affiliate Staying
KNVN

Newberry, SC
Affiliate Being Removed
WYFF (NBC)

Affiliate Staying
WIS

Las Cruces, NM
Affiliate Being Removed
KOAT (ABC)

Affiliate Staying
KVIA

Tell City, IN
Affiliate Being Removed
WLKY (CBS)

Affiliate Staying
WEVV

Arcadia/Cape Haze, FL
Affiliate Being Removed
WMOR (IND)

In this market, there will be no alternative channel for the independently-owned WMOR.

Glades County, FL
Affiliate Being Removed
WPBF (ABC)

Affiliate Staying
WZVN

Alachua/Levy County, FL
Affiliate Being Removed
WESH (NBC)

Affiliate Staying
WNBW

Harrisburg, PA
Affiliate Being Removed
WBAL (NBC)

Affiliate Staying
WGAL

Norwich/New London, CT
Affiliate Being Removed
WCVB (ABC)

Affiliate Staying
WTNH

Connersville, Richmond, Lynn-Winchester, IN
Affiliate Being Removed
WLWT (NBC)

Affiliate Staying
WTHR

Bedford, IN
Affiliate Being Removed
WLKY (CBS)

Affiliate Staying
WTTV

Crescent City/Palatka, FL
Affiliate Being Removed
WESH (NBC)

Affiliate Staying
WTLV

Nahunta/Waynesville, GA
Affiliate Being Removed
WJCL (ABC)

There will be no alternative for the ABC signal in this market.

Johnstown-Altoona Area PA
Affiliate Being Removed
WTAE (ABC)

Affiliate Staying
WATM

Mount Vernon, GA
Affiliate Being Removed
WJCL (ABC)

Affiliate Staying
WGXA

Coatesville/Kennett Square, & Reading/Hamburg, PA
Affiliate Being Removed
WGAL (NBC)

Affiliate Staying
WCAU

Kent County, DE
Affiliate Being Removed
WBAL (NBC)

Affiliate Staying
WCAU

Berwick/Eliot, ME
Affiliates Being Removed
WCVB & WMUR (ABC)

Affiliate Staying
WMTW

Bristol County, MA
Affiliate Being Removed
WCVB (ABC)

Affiliate Staying
WLNE

Danville, Galax & Martinsville, VA
Affiliate Being Removed
WXII (NBC)

Affiliate Staying
WSLS

Salisbury, MD Area
Affiliate Being Removed
WBAL (NBC)

Affiliate Staying
WRDE

Contra Costa/Solano County, CA
Affiliate Being Removed
KCRA (NBC)

Affiliate Staying
KNTV

Santa Clara County, CA
Affiliate Being Removed
KSBW (NBC)

Affiliate Staying
KNTV

Springfield, MA Area
Affiliate Being Removed
WCVB (ABC)

Affiliate Staying
WGGB

Polk County-Citrus County, FL
Affiliate Being Removed
WESH (NBC)

Affiliate Staying
WFLA

Polk County, FL
Affiliate Being Removed
WKCF (CW)

Affiliate Staying
WTOG

Calvert & Frederick, MD
Affiliate Being Removed
WBAL (NBC)

Affiliate Staying
WRC

Todd Township, PA
Affiliate Being Removed
WGAL (NBC)

Affiliate Staying
WRC – available Dec 2

Wheeling-Steubenville Area, PA
Affiliate Being Removed
WTAE (ABC)

Affiliate Staying
WTRF

Pottsville/Hegins Township, PA
Affiliate Being Removed
WGAL (NBC)

Affiliate Staying
WBRE – available Dec 2

East Liverpool, OH
Affiliate Being Removed
WTAE (ABC)

Affiliate Staying
WTRF

Genny, hope that helps. Happy viewing, and stay safe!

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