DUNKIRK Officials of Adelphia Communications Inc. will look into retaining WPIX on the local system, Adelphia's chief executive officer, John Rigas, told the 15 people and public officials who attended a special meeting of the Cable Television Commission
Vice President Michael Rigas explained that copyright laws would require that the company pay a fee of 3.75 percent of its total revenues in Western New York to retain WPIX as a third superstation. The system now has WWOR from New Jersey and WTBS. The company plans to drop WPIX Dec. 31 and substitute Lifetime.
Michael Rigas said the company has 137,00 subscribers in the area with 5,800 in Dunkirk. The company wants to make its offerings uniform. The trend is to drop WPIX, he added.
Danny McGill, chairman of the Cable Television Advisory Board, presented the Rigases with petitions with more than 2,000 signatures asking that WPIX be retained.
Third Ward Councilman Mark Speziale Jr., liaison to the commission, and Second Ward Councilman Frank Gawronski said they were involved with negotiations for the 11-year franchise extension two years ago. They said that Adelphia officials then promised not to diminish service. Had they known that WPIX would be eliminated, they might not have approved. The Rigases expressed concern about exposing the corporation to fees based on the gross revenues of all the cable companies it owned in the area. They said they are willing to meet with McGill, the corporation's attorney and people from the copyright office to come to a resolution of the problem.