Southeast Alaska may lose KTUU-TV’s Channel 2 News after November 22nd
Anchorage, AK – Effective at midnight on November 22nd southeast Alaska residents may no longer receive KTUU-TV’s Channel 2 News on KATH-TV and KSCT-TV, the NBC affiliates in Juneau and Sitka respectively.
GCI recently finalized its acquisition of the two southeast Alaska stations along with KTVA-TV in Anchorage. To date, KTUU-TV and GCI have not reached a carriage agreement covering southeast Alaska. Carriage of Channel 2 News on the southeast stations is now being discussed by KTUU-TV and GCI as part of broader carriage negotiations between the two parties.
Prior to GCI’s acquisition of KATH-TV, KTUU-TV supplied Channel 2 News broadcasts to the Juneau station in a decade-old agreement with the former owners.
KTUU-TV and GCI were recently involved in carriage negotiations for 2015 and beyond in Anchorage and rural Alaska. The two parties failed to reach an agreement by the GCI-imposed deadline of November 8th. As such, GCI removed KTUU-TV from its rural Alaska cable systems, which serve approximately 7,000 homes. Another 2,000 rural homes being served by non-GCI cable systems also lost KTUU-TV programming on November 8th.
“The carriage issue with GCI-owned KATH-TV in Juneau and KSCT-TV in Sitka is different because it only involves Channel 2 News broadcasts and some of KTUU’s syndicated programming as GCI now holds the NBC licenses in those markets,” said Brad Hillwig, KTUU-TV marketing director. “KTUU has served southeast Alaska in this manner for some time and it is very important to us that Alaskans continue to have a choice in news. We’re working in good faith with GCI to find a path forward.”
If the two parties cannot agree on terms, southeast Alaska residents will be without Channel 2 News on KATH-TV and KSCT-TV. While Alaskans in some rural Alaska communities may still have access to KTUU-TV programming from satellite providers and on the Alaska Rural Communication Service (ARCS), KTUU-TV is not available from satellite providers in southeast Alaska.
Brad Hillwig, Marketing Director KTUU-TV 762-9203 firstname.lastname@example.org
KTUU-TV’s early beginnings date back to 1953. Over the ensuing six decades, the station has built a reputation of excellence as Alaska’s most watched news source, producing more than 22-hours of news and sports content each week on television. Online, KTUU.com has become a digital news leader, and Channel 2’s mobile News and Weather applications are on the leading edge of mobile journalism in Alaska. Nielsen Media research shows that Channel 2 News products reach more than 89-percent of the adults who watch local news in a week, and more than 85-percent of those viewers watch Channel 2 News exclusively. That strong reach and brand loyalty are augmented by added distribution to the state’s capital and more than 244 rural communities throughout Alaska.