Eau Claire (WQOW) - We have some exciting station news to pass along. For the first time, WQOW will now be carried on the DISH Network. Those of you on cable have been watching us for years but that wasn't an option for Satellite viewers.
"For years, we have been hearing from people who had switched to Satellite and were unable to continue watching our news. Soon, they will be able to tune us in for their Chippewa Valley news," says Lisa Patrow, WQOW news director.
To give you a little bit of background into how this came to be that we were not carried on Satellite: when DISH and Direct TV both moved into the market place, they picked up the ABC station WXOW in La Crosse. That is our sister station. Both stations carry duplicate ABC programming with the exception of local news.
Now, based on subscriber demands for News 18, DISH Network has decided to carry both stations and give viewers another choice for Chippewa Valley news.
WQOW will be added to the DISH Network no later than October 1, 2009.
Currently WQOW is not carried on Direct TV.
WQOW Press Release:
WQOW-TV 18 will be offered on DISH Network
Chippewa Valley satellite viewers will soon have another television station to choose from on their "local station" package. The DISH Network has recently completed negotiations with WQOW, the Eau Claire based ABC affiliate, to add the station to its local service no later than October 1st.
In addition to its ABC and syndicated line-up, WQOW carries three hours of local news programming each weekday and another one hour of news each weekend. The WQOW local news shows include:
News 18 Daybreak: Monday - Friday at 5:30 a.m. - 7:00 a.m.
News 18 Live at 5: Monday - Friday at 5:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
News 18 6 PM Report: Monday - Saturday at 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
News 18 10 PM Report: Monday - Sunday at 10:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
"We look forward to giving satellite subscribers another option for local news in the Chippewa Valley and beyond," said WQOW News Director Lisa Patrow. "We have been hearing from the public for years regarding the desire to have another option for local news programming. They will now have that choice."
Eau Claire television stations are a part of the La Crosse/Eau Claire television market and there are two co-owned ABC affiliates in the Eau Claire/La Crosse TV market, WQOW and La Crosse based WXOW. Up to now, both DISH Network and DIRECTV have chosen to just carry WXOW as the ABC affiliate for the market, but based on subscriber demands for the WQOW local news programming, DISH has decided its time to add the station. Now both WQOW and WXOW will be carried on DISH Network.
Overseeing recent negotiations with DISH Network was Vice President of WXOW/WQOW Television Inc. Chuck Roth who recently said, "DISH Network has realized the benefits of being the first satellite company to carry WQOW and all its popular local news programming. Charter Communications and other area cable outlets have offered customers in west central Wisconsin WQOW for many years and we look forward to expanding our audience among satellite viewers."
WXOW/WQOW Television Inc. is owned and operated by Quincy Newspapers Inc.