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Raycom chief speaks to Congress

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Raycom CEO Paul McTear (Left) spoke to Congress about the cooperation of TV stations in publicizing DTV Raycom CEO Paul McTear (Left) spoke to Congress about the cooperation of TV stations in publicizing DTV

June 10, 2008

Washington - Television stations and viewers are preparing for the big switch to digital TV, and Tuesday, television executives gave Congress an update on the process.  

Raycom Media CEO Paul McTear was among those who testified before a House Sub-committee in Washington. Raycom is WALB's parent company. He told committee members how Raycom stations are educating viewers about the change.

"Raycom stations have broadcast more than 50,000 transition education announcements since April of last year as well as 1400 news items related to the transition."

Starting on February 17, 2009, all television stations must broadcast only a digital signal. That will not affect cable or satellite subscribers, but viewers who receive their signal over the air may need a converter box.