CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Starting at 6 a.m. on Tuesday, March 31st, Berkshire County Charter Cable subscribers will once again be able to watch 22News on Berkshire Cable Channel 14 or 16/1204.

The 24-hour cable channel will feature live simulcasts of 22News which will provide Berkshire County residents with local weather and Massachusetts State House news.  Additionally, viewers will be able to watch 22News InFocus, WWLP’s weekly public affairs program, and Mass Appeal, WWLP’s lifestyle program.

The launch was made possible with the assistance of U.S. Sens. Edward Markey, (D-MA) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and U.S. Rep. Richard Neal (D-MA), who helped facilitate an agreement to return Springfield’s #1 news and weather to Charter subscribers located in the Berkshires.

“This launch is a clear demonstration of WWLP’s commitment to deliver much-needed breaking news and severe weather alerts to the Berkshires 24-hours a day. Providing high-quality, live local news and content to the communities we serve is core to Nexstar’s mission. We are extremely pleased to be returning WWLP’s local newscasts and programming to Charter subscribers in Berkshire County.”

Tim Busch, president of Nexstar Broadcasting which owns WWLP

“During the current coronavirus crisis, it is more important than ever that the people of the Berkshires have access to Massachusetts news and information. The coronavirus emergency is changing rapidly, and public officials across the state are continually issuing critical announcements that must reach every corner of the state. Viewers in the Berkshires will now have access to this vital Massachusetts news source once again. I want to thank Nexstar, WWLP’s owner, and Charter for following through on their commitment to me and the people of the Berkshires. And I thank Senator Warren and Congressman Neal for their years’ long partnership on this issue.”

Senator Ed Markey

“As our nation and Commonwealth grapple with this public health emergency, it’s critical that residents in the Berkshires have access to local programming that is accurate, reliable, and relevant to their community. I’m glad that WWLP will be returning to Berkshire County tomorrow and I’m thankful to Senator Markey and Congressman Neal for helping to get this done.”

Senator Elizabeth Warren

“An emergency like the global coronavirus pandemic is the reason why we have been advocating so strongly for the return of WWLP TV-22 to the airways in Berkshire County. During a time of crisis, like COVID-19, the public wants to be educated and informed with a reliable local news source. After more than three years of hard work, the people of the Berkshires will finally be able to view Massachusetts based news programming, and it could not have happened at a more appropriate time.”

Congressman Richard Neal

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