WIBW-TV Transmitter Problems Repaired

As of 7:00 a.m. Saturday, all viewers who received WIBW-TV before Friday, should again be able to get the channel.

Some outlying cable providers need to reset their receivers for their customers to get WIBW-TV again.

COX patched together a temporary fiber link from studio to transmitter STL until they find break (some place in downtown Topeka).

COX has brought in techs from out of town to locate, defect and repair the fiber.

A failure in the Cox Communications fiber optic system took WIBW-TV off the air Friday night.

The problem began just before 8 pm. Engineers immediately went to work to identify the problem.

WIBW General Manager Jim Ogle says it was traced to the Cox Communications fiber optic system which carries the WIBW video and audio to the transmitter. Because nothing was getting to the transmitter, no one was able to receive the WIBW signal, either off-air or via satellite or cable.

Ogle says Cox engineers located equipment which allowed the signal to return to Cox Cable subscribers just after 10:30 pm Friday. However, Cox says its engineers continue working to bring the system fully back on-line. Meantime, the WIBW off-air signal remains down. Several cable and satellite systems may also still be in the dark.

Until the transmitter is fully operational, WIBW-TV will stream its newscasts on www.wibw.com, as it did at 9 and 10 pm Friday.

CBS programs that were missed due to the malfunction can be viewed at www.cbs.com.

WIBW-TV is working to reschedule its My TV programs also missed due to the failure.


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