In early April, the FCC agreed to modify the transition phase assignment for two TV stations in California, allowing the operators a little extra time to plan for their moves.
Now, a third Golden State TV station has successfully shifted to a later phase.
At the same time, a big PBS member station in the Keystone State is moving sooner than originally anticipated.
The first modification involves Tribune-owned FOX affiliate KTXL-40 in Sacramento.
This station’s transition phase assignment has moved from Phase 8 to Phase 9.
With this agreed-to move, all repacked broadcast television stations in the Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto DMA are now assigned to Phase 9.
As a result, KTXL can commence testing on its post-auction channel as of 12:01 a.m. on March 14, 2020. It must cease operation on its pre-auction channel by 11:59 p.m. on May 1, 2020.
The second station to get a transition phase assignment move is WQED-13 in Pittsburgh.
WQED had been assigned Phase 9. But, every other Pittsburgh DMA TV station had been assigned Phase 4.
Now, WQED will be joining its Steel City brethren in participating in Phase 4.
What does this mean for WQED? The big PBS member station can start testing on its post-auction channel at 12:01 a.m. on June 22, 2019, and must cease operation on its pre-auction channel by 11:59 p.m. on August 2, 2019.