Almega Cable removed six networks, including the popular children-oriented Nickelodeon, from its airways at the end of last week, but had replaced all but one of them by Monday evening, Oct. 26.
Almega programmer Charles Wesley of Bedford, Texas, explained that the old channels came as a package with the MTV music network, a relative newcomer to the cable lineup in Wallowa County.
"Having so many music channels is not a priority for all customers (in Wallowa County)," he said, noting that MTV, CMT and VH1 are all music-oriented networks.
He said they were replaced "according to customers' feedback."
The replacements for the five yanked channels are as follows: DIY, with do-it-yourself programming, replaces MTV on Channel 14; Toon Disney XD, geared for children and young people, replaces Nickelodeon, Channel 17; Comedy Central replaces Spike, Channel 20; Great American Country, which features country music, replaces similar programming on CMT, Channel 25; and the Food Network replaces TV Land, Channel 27.
At Chieftain press time, authorization was expected for Oxygen, a channel directed toward women, to take over VH1's former slot on Channel 36.
For more information about the change, call the local Almega office at 426-3636 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday.