By Berkshire Edge
Angry cable television subscribers in the Berkshires who are sick of local news about exotic places like Rensselaer and Schenectady might get relief if the county’s legislative delegation gets its way.
U.S. Sen. Ed Markey said last week he intends to file legislation in Washington that would move Berkshire County out of the Albany, New York, television market, where the Federal Communications Commission has placed it, and into the Springfield market.
“Berkshire County residents deserve access to local Bay State television programming, including news from the state capital and Massachusetts sports coverage,” Markey said in announcing his intentions on Thursday.
Markey’s plans come on the heels of a letter he sent last month, also signed by U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren and U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, to the CEO of Charter-Spectrum, the cable company serving Berkshire County, and the chief executive of Hearst Television, which owns WCVB.