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Ottawa to Lose WPBS Watertown

One of the things that has me seriously annoyed and pissed off these days is Rogers, the cable company that provides most of the television needs in the Ottawa area. Rogers has recently decided to negate their deal with WPBS Watertown, the Public Broadcasting Station that has been part of the Ottawa television viewing experience for over 30 years, and will be switching the feed over to the PBS station from Detroit, of all things!, effective August 18th.

Public television stations receive their support from people in their viewing audience, the fund raising telethons they do bring in financial support from their local viewing audience, the get revenues from advertisements from businesses in their viewing area. WPBS Watertown shows programs of interest to people in the Ottawa area, and they listen to what we want to see. That station shows English comedies, other sorts of English programming, and all sorts of really good entertainment and stuff that appeals to Canadians in this area. We've developed a rapport with them. Why on the Goddess's green earth would Rogers think that we want to watch stuff from Detroit? Well, actually, there's been a lot made of this, and despite the protests from Ottawa residents and the flooding of calls to Rogers, the stupid muckety-mucks there are sticking to their decision, which will take effect on August 18th.

Randall Denley wrote this piece in today's Ottawa Citizen:

What's Wrong with the folks at Rogers Cable?

Pretty much sums up how I feel. And I'm quite angry and annoyed by this decision on Rogers' part. Not happy at all.
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