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Television Station Must Change Call Letters

December 18, 1985

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) _ A Salisbury, Md., television station has won a court battle to force a new Wilmington station to change its call letters to avoid confusion.

Vice Chancellor Jack B. Jacobs ruled Tuesday that Salisbury’s WBOC, Channel 16, would be harmed if Channel 61 in Wilmington is called WBOT when it begins airing in January.

In his ruling, Jacobs said cable television companies may assign a station to any available channel and, as a result, the channel number is not a reliable indentification as WBOT officials had argued.

Daniel Slape, WBOT general manager, said no new call letters had been chosen for the station which will compete with WBOC in central Delaware.

The new call letters will be the station’s third. It first called itself WDVI but changed to avoid confusion with WPVI, Channel 6, Philadelphia.

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