PEORIA -- The handy weather channel, formerly on WEEK-TV2 or on Comcast cable 431 in Peoria is off the air.
That was a handy place to see local weather and forecasts at any time, especially for people without cable TV or the Internet. Now it's gone. Why?
Mark Bullion, weekend weather anchor of WEEK-TV said in an email: "Our contract expired with that channel two nights ago and thus, as you noticed, is now off the air. It's unclear what the company will be doing with the channel as of right now. If you are getting our channels off of an antenna, you can always watch our newscasts for the latest weather....that would be tonight at 5:30 on ABC and at 10 on ABC and NBC."
Uh, not so fast. What about people with other obligations at those times? And those who want the weather when convenient or necessary for them? It's a matter of public safety sometimes.
How sad that the obligations of those using the public airwaves have vanished, with only profits, not public service, motivating them.
-- Elaine Hopkins