Fifteen years ago, Birmingham ABC 33/40 TV station refused to air Ellen DeGeneresâ âcoming outâ episode. It âcited a need to respect the family values of the largely conservative evangelical community in the region as the basis of its decision,â according to its Wikipedia page.
It appears the station still has a problem with homosexuality, as it has pulled all ABC 33/40 Facebook and website references to ABC âGood Morning Americaâ weatherman Sam Championâs upcoming marriage to his boyfriend.
A Romenesko reader writes: âThis is the link to the FB thread that was pulled. This is where the âSam Champion Engaged!â story was on ABC 33/40âs website. On this Facebook thread, you can see the link to the âSam Champion Engaged!â story worked at one point, and Facebook is still pulling the proper thumbnail for that story. But if you click the link, it goes to a âPage not foundâ error page on the ABC 33/40 website.â (They didnât get around to deleting all of the stories, though.)
Iâve left two phone messages for station manager Mike Murphy.