Several days ago the hardwatching staff noticed that Channel 11 and Channel 44 were missing from our television.
So we tasked (as they say) our Investigative Unit (aka the Missus) to find out what was up.
And here it is:
Channel 11 (New Hampshire Public Television) is no longer available to Massachusetts Comcast subscribers.
Channel 44 (WGBX) is now located at Channel 16 on your Comcast dial.
Handy WGBH chart:
According to credible sources, “Massachusetts PBS” grew tired of competing for viewers with “New Hampshire PBS.” So it leaned on Comcast to dump NHPTV in the Bay State.
Why, subsequently, WGBX moved from its established identity as Ch. 44 to Ch. 16 is not clear, although it’s reasonable to believe that the Boston public broadcaster just wanted a lower dial position.
Which – how to put this – was totally idiotic, since the Ch. 44 audience has a VCR flashing 12 o’clock . . . 12 o’clock . . . 12 o’clock . . . and is the last group in the world that might chase a TV station across the cable universe.
Then again, WGBH management are the same people who thought converting 89.7 FM into a news/talk radio station living off WBUR’s rejects was a good idea.
(Full disclosure: The hardworking staff used to work at WGBH. We no longer do. And we currently contribute analysis to WBUR. But that doesn’t mean we’ve gone stupid.)
WGBH, on the other hand, well . . . you be the judge.
P.S. WGBX’s move to Comcast Ch. 16 has displaced the Lifetime Channel, which currently only exists in HD format. More shuffling, no doubt, to come.