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Branding[edit]

I hope you don't mind, but I added an entry for station branding. In my opinion, stations are more likely to change the slogan more often than the on-air branding. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Pentawing (talkcontribs) 19 January 2006

Virtual[edit]

Now that many stations in the USA have stopped broadcasting in analog, I propose that we replace the analog channel (when it goes)with the term virtual channel. That way the reader of Wikipedia can see right away what channel they would tune to. 99.26.91.7 (talk) 03:30, 18 April 2009 (UTC)eric

ERP[edit]

I have added a line for effective radiated power to this template. --KelisFan2K5 02:28, 9 Jun 2005 (UTC)

Anyone who includes that should probably also include the transmitter height and possibly the station class (height can be just as or more important than ERP in many cases). —Mulad (talk) 02:55, Jun 9, 2005 (UTC)
Height as in above average terrain or ground level? I might also add that information on transmitter location be included as well. Pentawing 03:28, 9 Jun 2005 (UTC)
Is this really something that should be in the infobox? I tend to think not -- it's not really core information (like channel numbers, affiliations, etc.) -- and because it's something that most people will go.. "huh?" to. I think that it should be in the individual articles where it can be better explained -- not in the infobox. Plus, someone very dedicated would have to cull the information for the 100+ stations already using this box. Thoughts? Boisemedia 03:57, Jun 9, 2005 (UTC)
I should say that I am for adding transmitter location however -- that's a little bit more main-stream information. Boisemedia 03:58, Jun 9, 2005 (UTC)
In that case, change ERP with transmitter location and move that entry next to the channel numbers. If everyone is for that, I will be willing to do so. Pentawing 00:52, 10 Jun 2005 (UTC)
I think that this infobox is MUCH too large, so I think the following fields should be delted from the infobox: Slogan, Call letters meaning, Former callsigns, Former affiliations, Effective radiated power. (I'm not saying this info is useless; I'm just saying it it is not something that should be included in an infobox.) Infoboxes are for general info, not specific info, if you want to put specific info, it would be a better idea to put it in the article itself. You can't stuff all the article's info in to the infobox. Also, if we were to delete these fields, it would not be as hard as adding fields. TorontoStorm 02:52, 9 December 2005 (UTC)

ERP (2)[edit]

I've again removed ERP, per the discussion above. This template is on nearly 600 articles, and adding this insignificant piece of data to each one would be a long process with very little benefit. Boisemedia 03:00, 1 October 2005 (UTC)

ERP should return in my opinion[edit]

i thought that the ERP was well-needed. most of the stations have the ERP information anyway. What's the worst that happens if a station doesn't have a stated ERP? it simply is blank? that's ok. As for the class, i could go through the TV stations, and put their class on (LP, CA, TV, DT).

should i put the ERP information back on? i dont' want to start an edit war or anything...

Raccoon Fox 14:22, 16 November 2005 (UTC)

You asked "what's the worst that happens if a station doesn't have a stated ERP". For many articles, it's not simply blank. I refer you to WTVG. Yeah, we could add the ERP tag back to the infobox in those articles, and (if no one reverts this infobox again) you're welcome to do so. However, there are simply too many articles that don't have the ERP tag, and it'll take a long time to track down and update all of them.
To be honest, since you're the one who added the ERP section, I feel you should be the one responsible for bringing all the articles up to standard, should this version of the infobox stays. And I won't help with it, as frankly I just don't have that much time. Happy editing. - Hinto 17:14, 19 November 2005 (UTC)
Sorry folks, I've been out of touch for a while -- but I strongly disagree with the inclusion of ERP. One, it isn't currently on the 763 stories that use this template. Two, why are we including ERP over such things as "station founder," "transmitter location," or something similarly arcane (but relevant) like "date of next FCC renewal." Three, why is it in the template when the data is included in VERY few of the articles themselves? I'm not saying the information is irrelevant -- but I do not believe it rises to the level of inclusion in the infobox. Boisemedia 04:35, 3 December 2005 (UTC)

ERP (3)[edit]

that's fine with me, since i never asked you to begin with. no need to get upset over it, anyway. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Raccoon Fox (talkcontribs) 20 November 2005

Actually, the point I raised doesn't matter now, thanks to the solution provided by Boothy443. - Hinto 16:14, 20 November 2005 (UTC)

ERP of Analog or Digital?[edit]

If there is to be an ERP included on this infobox, would it be for the Analog or the Digital transmition of a TV station if they have both? A 09:47, 4 December 2005 (UTC)

it would go for both. it would show Analogue power on top, with digital on the right after it.
Example:
COON-TV Television of the Raccoon Fox!:
Effective Radiated Power:
100 kW/100 m(Analog)
973 kW/100 m (Digital)
Raccoon Fox 03:14, 5 December 2005 (UTC)
If you are going to go as far as to include one, why not include a section each for both analog and digital? A 08:00, 5 December 2005 (UTC)

Analog signal/digital signal[edit]

Are totally the wrong articles to link to - completely out-of-context. Analog television and digital terrestrial television are the suitable target articles, which I'm going to change the template to using. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Kiand (talkcontribs) 4 January 2006

Power[edit]

Recently user:Radiojon changed the link text from Effective radiated power to Power. I think that this is too vauge of a term to use, so I have changed the text to Transmitter Power. I still like Effective radiated power the best, but I think that Transmitter Power is a good compromise. —A 08:08, 7 February 2006 (UTC)

I agree that Transmitter Power is a good compromise TorontoStorm 23:28, 7 February 2006 (UTC)

"Class"?[edit]

This infobox has a hidden reference to Class; unfortunately, however, that title is a disambiguation page, and none of the articles linked from that page is particularly relevant to the classification of broadcast stations. (A) Is this link really needed, since it is hidden? (B) If it is needed, could someone contribute a short article about how broadcast stations are classified, so that the infobox could link to that article instead of to the disambig page? Thanks. --Russ Blau (talk) 16:34, 12 February 2006 (UTC)

Never mind. I found List of broadcast station classes, which suits the bill just fine. --Russ Blau (talk) 16:36, 12 February 2006 (UTC)

About analog vs. digital...[edit]

What am I supposed to do if the station doesn't have a digital signal, to the best of my knowledge? Morgan Wick 04:18, 3 March 2006 (UTC)

This is one situation that having the single field for 'Channels' creates. What most stations currently have listed is '(none)', or they are blank. Does anyone have a suggestion for better wording? —A 05:42, 3 March 2006 (UTC)

What about cable stations?[edit]

Do we use this template for cable stations such as CP24 in Toronto, Ontario? If we do, how can we put a callsign. On the Infobox Network article talk page, it says this tempalte should be used for TV stations.

TorontoStorm 02:02, 30 May 2006 (UTC)

Stream[edit]

Can we have something added if the station provides an live Internet stream.

Also, I believe there is some confusion surrounding the channels info and analog, digital. It would be wise to add a cable variable or to make analog optional with a channel number having a varible for strictly cable channel entry. Some stations ... specifically college stations ... do not have an over-the-air channel number.Krocheck 19:55, 31 December 2006 (UTC)

Satellite coverage may also be of interest, mostly for stations such as Equity Broadcasting on Galaxy 18 where the DVB-S footprints of otherwise-tiny terrestrial UHF LPTV's cover the entire continent? --66.102.80.212 (talk) 06:20, 20 July 2008 (UTC)

Recommending "Sister Stations" Entry[edit]

May I suggest that an entry for sister stations be added to this Infobox? This would come in handy for a station that is part of a duopoly or LMA (such as WNYW and WWOR in the New York City market), or to show the relationship between TV and radio stations under the same ownership in the same city (such as WTMJ-TV with WTMJ-AM and WKTI-FM in Milwaukee). The Radio Station Infobox already has a "Sister Stations" entry, so adding one to this Infobox would be complimentary. Thanks in advance.

Possibly adding the NavHide feature onto the infobox...[edit]

Is there a chance of adding the NavHide codes onto the layout and if so how will it be done??? WIKIVUE Detroit (talk) MON SEP 03 2007 11:20 PM EDT

Recommend "Digital Sub-channels" entry[edit]

I would like to suggest a sub-channel entry in the template to distinguish it from the "affliations" where the current sub-channels are currently listed.--Kevin586 (talk) 16:04, 1 May 2008 (UTC)

Done. --carlb (talk) 16:41, 25 May 2008 (UTC)

(Note: Discussion of digital channels and subchannels has been moved here --carlb (talk) 13:29, 31 May 2008 (UTC))

Recent changes...[edit]

...made by Carlb and his suspected IP socks, 66.46.167.154 (talk) and 72.140.46.227 (talk) have been reverted. At issue is the inclusion of post-transition digital information, such as virtual channels and effective radiated power.

Some of us, myself included, have argued that including some of this information isn't yet necessary, as there is still eight months to go before the transition deadline. That leaves us with enough time to tweak the current infobox format and, if necessary, create a new infobox. While a notable concession is made on the inclusion of subchannels, the other issues are still being discussed. This user has been making the changes without engaging in dialogue with other users, or waiting for a consensus on how to approach them. Should this continue, I suggest requesting some form of protection for the template. Rollosmokes (talk) 16:49, 5 June 2008 (UTC)

Name[edit]

I think the name of this template should be moved from "Template:Infobox Broadcast" to "Template:Infobox Television Station" as it is more relevant that way and that it is more accurate. In fact, this infobox is about television stations anyway. Does anybody agree?. Mythdon (talk) 08:08, 24 July 2008 (UTC)

Duplication of template resources[edit]

Why is there both "affiliation" and "network"? This is most prevalent on Australian television articles (NTD, for example). Perhaps having network redirect to affiliation would suffice, but i find it extremely easy to get mistaken and put BOTH in ("Affiliations: x network. Network: x network", for example). RingtailedFoxTalkContribs 19:18, 27 August 2008 (UTC)

Color[edit]

I think we should have a "color" parameter that allows editors to change the color of the template. Anybody agree?. Mythdon (talk) 15:59, 8 October 2008 (UTC)

Format[edit]

I think we need a format line for each digital channel or sub channel to identify 1080 720 or 480 P or I the channel is broadcasiting in. Sattmaster (talk) 17:37, 24 February 2009 (UTC)

Opinions on delinking the word "Website"[edit]

It seems common enough a word that I don't think we should link it.--Rockfang (talk) 05:20, 26 February 2009 (UTC)

Merge Proposal - Solution Presentation[edit]

I have posted a potential solution for the merge proposal from August of last year at Infobox Broadcasting network. Please visit and provide feedback. Krocheck (talk) 11:28, 15 March 2009 (UTC)

Just to let you all know...[edit]

I've added an optional "enddate=" parameter for use on defunct stations. Bearcat (talk) 21:28, 15 March 2009 (UTC)

Owner[edit]

In the template [[Owner]] needs to be changed to [[Ownership|Owner]]. TJ Spyke 02:12, 26 May 2009 (UTC)

PSIP/Virtual Channel[edit]

{{editprotected}} Currently the U.S. stations articles are cluttered with transition text about the PSIP virtual channels, an issue raised before and lost in the merger merry go round. I offer three options for solutions:

  1. one Adding a "virtual=" parameter
  2. two Revising "subchannels=" parameter to list single ".1" channels and eliminate "see text" references, then presuming the proximity will imply the virtualisation.
  3. three Specifying (Virtual),(PSIP), or (virtual PSIP) as a second line within within the "digital=" parameter, akin to VHF or UHF.

I have implemented c) on WGN-TV as an example.

digital = 19 (UHF)
Virtual: 9 (PSIP)|

Clearly do not delete "Analog=" Not only are there are analog stations outside the U.S. but, within the US, many low power (-LP or -CA) stations will not convert for a few more years. JKPrivett (talk) 19:53, 13 June 2009 (UTC)

I agree with JKPrivett a "virtual=" parameter should be added to the template. Powergate92Talk 20:17, 15 June 2009 (UTC)

Not done for now: I suggest letting the discussion run for a few days, at least until the original proponent has had a chance to comment again. Please replace the request when the best option is decided. — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 22:04, 15 June 2009 (UTC)

Should we remove the "Analog" section of the infobox[edit]

Discussion please Griffin5Talk/Contributions

No we should not remove the analog section of the infobox as there are still low power analog stations and analog stations outside the U.S. Powergate92Talk 02:08, 15 June 2009 (UTC)

Redirected lower-case here[edit]

{{editprotected}} Template:Infobox broadcast (with a small "b") was nearly the same template as this one, so I've redirected it here. Two items I noticed that should be edited on this protected template:

  • Transmitter Coordinates should probably be Antenna Coordinates (as it was in the lower-case version), since it's the antenna's precision (or the center of the antenna pattern) that matters.
  • I found interwiki link [[id:Templat:Kotak info penyiaran]] when redirecting Template:Infobox broadcast here. It should go on this template. --Closeapple (talk) 00:58, 15 June 2009 (UTC)
Did you ensure that all parameters of Template:Infobox broadcast are supported by this template (with the same parameter name)?
  • Perhaps you could obtain a consensus for the Transmitter -> Antenna change on this template?
  • Please add interwikis to the documentation. Thanks.
— Martin (MSGJ · talk) 08:42, 15 June 2009 (UTC)

Insert "Virtual Channel" as a line in Infobox Broadcast[edit]

I edited this into the documentation page already, but following the "Digital" line in the infobox, there should also be a line that says "Virtual", that way there can be an accurate display in the infobox about whether or not the station uses a virtual channel. This line should be located right under the "Digital" line, so it reads like this:

digital = 34 (VHF)|
virtual = 4 (PSIP)|

{{edit protected}} KansasCity (talk) 13:49, 10 July 2009 (UTC)

Question: should this perhaps link to Virtual channel (for those of us who didn't know what it was) ?  Chzz  ►  20:40, 10 July 2009 (UTC)

Affiliate[edit]

{{editprotect}} Since this is a template and used in many articles, all links should be correct. [[Affiliate|Affiliation]] needs to be fixed to [[Network affiliation|Affiliation]]. TJ Spyke 23:22, 20 September 2009 (UTC)

Also, [[Owner]] needs to be [[Ownership|Owner]]. TJ Spyke 23:24, 20 September 2009 (UTC)

Not done; network affiliation is a redlink, and it's not clear what you mean by "correct". Do you just want the redirects bypassed?  Skomorokh  04:30, 21 September 2009 (UTC)

Sandbox merge, move[edit]

{{editprotected}} Requesting sync with the template sandbox and a move to {{infobox broadcast}}. Minor output changes to match the existing style of contemporary infobox templates; significant cleanup of the code. Chris Cunningham (not at work) - talk 08:59, 23 April 2010 (UTC)

Seems uncontroversial.  Done — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 09:21, 23 April 2010 (UTC)

Name[edit]

Wouldn't this template be more accurately named Infobox broadcaster?Andy Mabbett (User:Pigsonthewing); Andy's talk; Andy's edits 12:02, 23 April 2010 (UTC)

Capitalization correction needed[edit]

{{editprotected}}

The display field label "Transmitter Power" should be rendered as "Transmitter power" for consistency with the rest of the template and with Wikipedia's sentence-capitalization style. I'd change it myself, but this template is protected, and I haven't yet run the gauntlet of adminship here. (There should be a user access level that allows trusted copyeditors to edit protected pages, IMHO.) ~ Jeff Q (talk) 18:34, 21 June 2010 (UTC)

Done (well the part that I can easily change at least!) Peter 20:55, 21 June 2010 (UTC)

Unlink request[edit]

{{editprotected}} The subheadings Owner, Website, Brand and Slogan are all familiar terms - there's no benefit in linking them. Could they be unlinked, please, per WP:OVERLINK? Colonies Chris (talk) 00:20, 28 February 2011 (UTC)

No opposition, so  Done — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 16:14, 4 March 2011 (UTC)
Thanks. Colonies Chris (talk) 11:27, 5 March 2011 (UTC)

Suggestions for amendments to the template[edit]

Heya, guys... I've been doing some research on broadcasting, and I've noticed that Mobile DTV seems to be taking off in the United States. So, I've made some amendments and upgrades to the template, that you can view on my Sandbox page.

I do believe that Mobile DTV should be mentioned if it's broadcast on a television station's signal as part of its 6-MHz (or 5, 7, or 8 Mhz) channel. I've also included provisions for datacasting services like UpdateLogic. RingtailedFoxTalkContribs 21:39, 18 April 2011 (UTC)

Merge in sandbox changes for country, licensing authority, licensing-info web links[edit]

For discussion prior to using {{edit protected}} A link to this discussion will be posted to Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Television Stations and possibly elsewhere.

Please merge in these sandbox changes (diff) which add country and licensing_authority tags and, if the licensing authority is the FCC, links to two FCC web pages showing useful regulatory and technical information regarding the station. These changes are designed to be expandable to other countries' licensing authorities which might have similar public registration-information web sites. If present, the country shows below the city in the header.

Changes are in header1 and in label/data lines 24 through 26.

The matching documentation changes are in this edit (diff). This will need to be merged in as well.

Note that the updated doc page is based on and is not a copy of WCVB-TV's template. In particular, I have commented-out the picture and added the country and licensing_authority lines here, which I have not done on the station's article page.

"Live" test cases are available here. Ignore the first two items in this page, start with "test 1." Once the template is changed, notice that it now automatically-generated links to FCC web pages for those test cases that list the FCC as the licensing authority. It also shows the country in the template header if one is given.

An "archive" version of the test-cases with the Infobox broadcast and Infobox broadcast/sandbox subst'd in is here. This shows how things look and does not depend on the current state of {{Infobox broadcast}}.

By the way, I've sync'ed up the sandbox with the template and removed my test cases from the current version of testcases page so others can use them for their own proposals. davidwr/(talk)/(contribs)/(e-mail) 22:52, 9 September 2012 (UTC)

Seeing no controversy, please make the changes listed above. Thanks. davidwr/(talk)/(contribs)/(e-mail) 23:55, 11 September 2012 (UTC)
I made the change to the template. Hopefully, I got it right. I will leave the changes to the documentation to you. Thanks! Plastikspork ―Œ(talk) 05:13, 12 September 2012 (UTC)
 Done and thanks. davidwr/(talk)/(contribs)/(e-mail) 21:48, 12 September 2012 (UTC)

Template:Infobox broadcast not in sync with Template:Infobox broadcast/doc[edit]

In Template:Infobox broadcast/doc and missing in Template:Infobox broadcast:

| virtual = (added to template doc (diff) 13:39, 10 July 2009‎ by 75.81.119.180); Usage references:
| '''virtual'''
| Indicate the virtual channel number of the station's primary ''[[Digital television|digital]]'' transmitter if it differs from its actual channel number and that it is created via the [[Program and System Information Protocol|PSIP]].
| former_locations = (added to template doc (diff) 16:47, 12 April 2008‎ by 70.237.103.74); Usage references:
| '''former_locations'''
| List any previous locations the station had during its history.
| former_cities = (added to template doc (diff) 02:32, 8 March 2009‎ by 71.137.232.6); Usage references:
| '''former_cities'''
| List any previous cities the station had during its history.
Above could be deleted from unprotected Template:Infobox broadcast/doc to clear clutter and not mislead novice editors that using these inactive parameters will produce results in the infobox. Since Template:Infobox broadcast is so extensively used and I am new to Wikipedia, should they be deleted and would there be negative ramifications, possibly from bots?

In Template:Infobox broadcast and missing in Template:Infobox broadcast/doc:

| network = (deleted from template doc (diff) 23:55, 21 July 2008‎ by Huntster); template references:
| label9 = [[Television network|Network]]
| data9 = {{{network|}}}
What is the difference between "network" and "affiliations": "Identifies which network(s) the station is associated with and which contribute regular programming. Use "Independent" if the station does not belong to any regular broadcast network. Do not list temporary or special-event networks; do not duplicate information already listed elsewhere."?
As noted in Duplication of template resources above, "network" is used in Australian TV NTD article.

BTW do like and use "licensing_authority" as quick access to new "FCC TV Station Profiles & Public Inspection Files". Have encountered "licensing authority" along with "country" deleted in an article, but there is the fallback of adding external reference Template:FCC-TV-Station-profile. (This entry may be deleted.) Bob08033 (talk) 23:02, 23 October 2012 (UTC); added history references Bob08033 (talk) 07:18, 25 October 2012 (UTC)

market[edit]

Any thoughts on adding an optional media market field? This would identify stations serving a similar group of viewers. It's well defined in the United States (Nielson DMAs) and Canada (BBM) and elsewhere these markets are defined in articles such as List of television stations in North America by media market. The field could even automatically add the station to a Television stations in the XYZ market --RadioFan (talk) 03:37, 24 April 2013 (UTC)

British English variant - licence instead of license[edit]

Please see my comment on Template talk:Infobox radio station. It also applies to this template. Thanks, Bazonka (talk) 07:43, 23 June 2013 (UTC)

No response in 2½ years, so I've simply changed "City of license" into "City", per WP:BRD. Bazonka (talk) 12:48, 19 February 2016 (UTC)

Edit request on 1 August 2013[edit]

As mentioned numerous times above, |network= is undocumented, but supported as line header/data9 (after |affiliations=). Why? The fact that the doc says not to duplicate information doesn't seem to stop people from putting the same value in both params (like TV Tokyo, which I just fixed), displaying it twice (incorrectly). If there's a need for both params, please document it. Otherwise, it should be deprecated and existing usage sorted out. —[AlanM1(talk)]— 00:44, 1 August 2013 (UTC)

@AlanM1: Probably we should put in a tracking category so that we can see which articles use the deprecated parameter. From the above, I'm guessing that you would like to see |network= deprecated, rather than |affiliations=? — Mr. Stradivarius ♪ talk ♪ 05:15, 1 August 2013 (UTC)
@Mr. Stradivarius: I suspect |network= is the one that is less used, since it is not documented, though I didn't look in the history. Thanks. —[AlanM1(talk)]— 05:31, 1 August 2013 (UTC)
Done for now - the |network= parameter is now tracked at Category:Broadcast infoboxes with deprecated parameters. Let's leave a couple of weeks for the change to filter through the job queue, and then see how many articles are affected. — Mr. Stradivarius ♪ talk ♪ 05:58, 1 August 2013 (UTC)

The United States Federal Government Shutdown of 2013[edit]

With the government shutdown, I was thinking that perhaps we should use http://www.RabbitEars.info/ as a mirror. In addition to acting as a complete mirror of the FCC, it also has extensive data on most Canadian and select Mexican stations (those within the 300 km border region with the United States). The site is run by an employee of the FCC, and I'm fairly certain it's either public-domain or CC-By-SA (i'll ask him which). It has information from the FCC, augmented by viewer contributions (such as myself), and even some from television station employees.

For example, I propose the following:

  • United States: FCC data + RabbitEars Information
  • Canada: CRTC Data + RabbitEars Information
  • Mexico: SCT/COFETEL + RabbitEars Information (for stations within the border region)

There is a precedent for such activity. A couple years back, I added radio-locator.com information to many AM and FM stations in Canada and the United States, and created templates for them, which were ultimately merged into Template:AM station data and Template:FM station data. There are also templates for RecNet and TVFool. I believe that adding RabbitEars.info (either as a separate template, or a more direct inclusion into the Infobox Broadcast template) would be prudent.

Failing that, we could simply merge TVFool and a proposed RabbitEars template (possibly with RecnetCanada) into Template:TVQ

As it stands, I've upgraded the Template:TVQ article to include RabbitEars.info and TVFool.com information.

I'd like to know what everyones' ideas are on the topic... 08:00, 15 October 2013 (UTC)

Automatic FCC links[edit]

The inclusion of a "Facility ID" should be included in the logic to choose whether or not FCC links should be included. "Facility ID" means its a FCC-licensed station. Int21h (talk) 20:27, 1 April 2014 (UTC) I should note that both the profile and CDBS (the "facid" parameter) can be linked to with the "Facility ID" alone.

But as it stands, adding "| licensing_authority = [[Federal Communications Commission|FCC]]" to every article on Wikipedia to get links to that information is superfluous in the extreme. Int21h (talk) 20:37, 1 April 2014 (UTC)

Virtual channel[edit]

Reading through the history of this talk page, it looks like this issue was raised almost six years ago, with hardly any discussion. Meanwhile, we've all been working around it for those six years (and longer, in fact).

The template documentation appears to have been updated to show a parameter for virtual channel. However, the template itself has never been changed, and so anyone trying to use the parameter will find it doesn't work. I'm at a bit of loss as to why this change wasn't made; it's not like we're going to have fewer digital channels over time.

So, I'm going to advocate for adding virtual channel as an optional parameter. If anyone has thoughts or can explain the history, please weigh in. If consensus is that the parameter shouldn't be added, then we should at least be updating the documentation to reflect how the template actually works. Mlaffs (talk) 15:21, 10 May 2015 (UTC)

11 days with nobody weighing in, so I've been bold and implemented this change (after testing it in the sandbox and testcases first, naturally). Seems to work fine. Mlaffs (talk) 12:54, 21 May 2015 (UTC)

Add new field: operator[edit]

Due to the significant proliferation of local marketing agreements and other similar arrangements that are basically the same in practice, I feel that this infobox should explicitly separate the "owner" of a television station from a company that operates it, rather than our current practice of shoving them in with the Owner field.

This would require the addition of a new field, "operator". Operator would be listed in the infobox below the current Owner field (or maybe should it be above?). If the station is being operated by a company that is different from its owner, i.e. those Mission Broadcasting stations that are actually run by Nexstar Broadcasting Group and treated as their own, the operating company (Nexstar) would be listed in this new "Operator" field alongside the FCC license holder (Mission) in the "Owner" field.

Would this make sense? ViperSnake151  Talk  20:48, 24 December 2015 (UTC)

Red information icon with gradient background.svg Not done: please establish a consensus for this alteration before using the {{edit template-protected}} template. Primefac (talk) 04:16, 25 December 2015 (UTC)
ViperSnake151, done. Frietjes (talk) 14:15, 30 December 2015 (UTC)

Branding formating[edit]

I would like to change the example to comply with Wikipedia:Manual_of_Style/Infoboxes#Style.2C_color_and_formatting. The example uses small formatting for "(general)" and "(newscast)" in branding. Iboxes already is already formatted small and additional small is additional formatting that the above MOS section indicates should be avoided. And I have some other editor attack me as "Trying to do things 'your way'". these tags could be removed as in most cases based on the branding it is clear which is which as "News" usual is in the newscast branding. I would also like to show the branding field as using 1:, 2:, etc. for branding (if used) for separate multicast channels. --Spshu (talk) 13:31, 13 September 2017 (UTC)