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WYCC Is Back, Sort Of?

"Chicago public TV station WYCC-Ch. 20, which went off the air in November, is set to return next month thanks to a channel-sharing agreement with former rival WTTW-Ch. 11," the Tribune reports.

"The new channel, dubbed WYCC MHz Worldview, will borrow a portion of WTTW's airwaves beginning at 5 a.m. April 23 to run the full slate of international dramas and newscasts that formerly aired on one of WYCC's secondary digital channels."

Good.

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"Viewers may have to hunt to find the station's new home. WYCC, which went dark Nov. 27, will broadcast on Channel 20.1, but over-the-air viewers will need to re-scan available channels to pick up the new frequency. Chicago-area Comcast subscribers will be able to watch WYCC on Channel 372."

Oh.

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"WYCC will air everything from Swedish drama Missing to France 24 Live as part of the renewed affiliation with MHz Worldview, a Virginia-based public TV network. WYCC's primary channel - a mix of local shows and PBS staples - is gone for good."

Oh.

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So, I guess I'm confused. The full slate of WYCC programming is back, but just on a harder-to-find channel? Or will just some shows be featured but not the "mix of local shows and PBS staples" that was shown on WYCC's now-gone-forever primary channel?

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Previously:

* Use FCC Airwaves Auction To Strengthen Journalism And Serve Local Communities.

* 24 Hours With WYCC.

* Goodbye, WYCC.

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Comments welcome.

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1. From Chad Rubel:

WYCC had three channels: 20-1 was PBS programming; 20-2 indigenous from Canada; 20-3 mix of international news and drama. Only the latter channel will return. That will be on 20-1 and 372 on Comcast.



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