WBOC Reaches New Cable Distribution Agreement

October 9, 2017

Draper Media
October 9, 2017 – SALISBURY, Md.

Draper Media has reached a new multi-year agreement to continue delivery of WBOC-TV and FOX21 on one of Delmarva’s largest video programming distributors. The agreement secures long-term retransmission of WBOC-TV and FOX21 to more than well over 100,000 homes and businesses in Maryland and Delaware. In addition, the cable company has agreed to launch Draper Media’s newest television station, Spanish-language Telemundo Delmarva, within 30 days. Antenna TV will also continue to be carried on the system.

“We’re pleased that our largest distribution partner here understands and appreciates the value of our local and network programming,” says Craig Jahelka, president, Draper Media. “This new agreement is a reflection that a nationwide video distributor operating locally recognizes our long-standing commitment to serving the people of Delmarva with the highest quality news, information and entertainment. While we are pleased to announce this agreement, it comes at a time when another programming distributor, Verizon FiOS, refuses to recognize the value of our programming and has dropped us from its system in Delaware.”

New York-based Verizon FiOS dropped WBOC-TV and FOX 21 from its channel lineup on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017. Jahelka says negotiations with Verizon FiOS ended unexpectedly and that the station was dropped without warning.

“They stunned us,” says Jahelka. “If we would have known Verizon was going to drop our stations we would have warned our viewers earlier. We have a history of reaching retransmission consent agreements that include fair compensation with other carriers on Delmarva. We’ve done it for years. We did it again today. Regrettably Verizon isn’t willing to be fair, and their customers are the ones who suffer. It’s always disappointing when a conglomerate like Verizon beats up on its local customers to try to pad its bottom line.”

In 2016, global giant Verizon, the parent of Verizon FiOS, reported operating profit of nearly $27 billion. Yet the company claims it can’t afford the programming on WBOC-TV and FOX21.

“I find that rather disingenuous,” says Jahelka.

“The new agreement reached with the largest distributor of programming in our viewing area clearly demonstrates we are able to reach a reasonable and fair agreement,” says Jahelka. “Unfortunately, Verizon FiOS isn’t willing to do the same. There have been no negotiations since Sept. 30. I have personally pleaded with Verizon to come back to the negotiating table so our stations can return to their system. So far, we have heard nothing in response, which combined with today’s announcement should demonstrate Verizon’s intent and total lack of concern for its customers.”

Jahelka is asking all Verizon customers to call Verizon at 1-800-837-4966 and demand they bring back WBOC-TV, FOX21 and WBOC Classics. More information can be found on www.wboc.com.

Draper Media comprises WBOC-TV, FOX21, WBOC Classics, Telemundo 42, and 102.5 WBOC-FM. Draper Media is locally-owned and operated by Draper Holdings. Terms of the new agreement with the largest cable company in the viewing area were not disclosed.

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