As part of the FCC’s historic spectrum auction, the FCC license for WAGT NBC 26 was sold. Accordingly, on May 31, 2017, WAGT NBC 26 will surrender its license back to the FCC.
But, to ensure that viewers in Augusta and surrounding communities do no lose any of WAGT’s programming, including NBC Network programming and WAGT’s local news, immediately after WAGT surrenders its license a new station, WAGT-CD, will commence operations on the same channel as the old WAGT. WAGT-CD will begin operating on this channel and broadcast the same programming at a lower power level.
The overwhelming majority viewers will not see any changes or experience any disruption whatsoever. If, however, after May 31, 2017 you are unable to receive WAGT’s programming, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions:
Cable/Satellite Subscribers: If you receive WAGT NBC 26 via a subscription to Comcast, WideOpenWest, Dish Network, DirecTV, or any other cable operator, you should not see any changes. We are working with all cable and satellite operators to ensure that they will continue to receive our programming via the new WAGT-CD without any disruptions.
Over-The-Air Viewers: The vast majority of WAGT NBC 26 over-the-air viewers in our market (almost 95%) will be able to receive WAGT-CD over the air when it launches. You should continue to tune to Channel 26.1 to receive WAGT-CD after May 31, 2017. You will NOT need to rescan your television set or take any other special action to receive WAGT-CD. Bottom line, the overwhelming majority of viewers should not see any difference whatsoever. If, however, you are unable to receive WAGT after May 31, 2017, you will need to increase the size and/or height of your antenna.
The CW Network: There will be no changes to the CW Network. Each cable or satellite operator that carries the CW will continue to it on the same channel position as they do today. Over-the-air viewers also will continue to tune to Channels 26.2 to watch their favorite CW programs.