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Markey Secures Agreement to Restore WWLP to Cable Lineup

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — U.S. Sen. Edward J. Markey report he has brokered a deal to restore WWLP, Channel 22, to cable viewers in the Berkshires.
 
Charter Communications had removed the NBC affiliate in Springfield nearly three years ago, cutting off Berkshire residents access to television news in Massachusetts. WCVB, Channel 5 Boston, was cut in 2018.
 
Because the Berkshires are technically part of the Albany, N.Y., "Designated Market Area," Western Massachusetts viewers have only had access broadcast stations in the Capital District with their focus on New York news. Berkshire County is, therefore, known as an "orphan county," like other counties in Wisconsin, Colorado, and Nebraska that rely on outside stations for limited local news.
 
Markey has worked with U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren and U.S. Rep. Richard Neal for three years to bring the station back on the air in the region.
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