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Southeast Alaska may lose KTUU-TV’s Channel 2 News after November 8th

Published On: Nov 04 2013 06:10:00 PM AKST
Updated On: Nov 04 2013 06:13:04 PM AKST
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

November 4, 2013

Southeast Alaska may lose KTUU-TV’s Channel 2 News after November 8th Effective at midnight on November 8th 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 are currently involved in carriage negotiations for 2015 and beyond in Anchorage and rural Alaska. GCI has set November 8th as the deadline to reach an agreement in those talks or it will remove KTUU-TV from the seven cable systems it operates in rural Alaska, which serve approximately 7,000 homes. Another 2,000 rural homes being served by non-GCI cable systems also would lose KTUU-TV programming after the November 8th deadline.

“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 as GCI now holds the NBC licenses in those markets,” said Brad Hillwig, KTUU-TV marketing director. “In rural Alaska the dispute concerns GCI’s cable systems and its threat to remove Channel 2 News as well as NBC entertainment and sports programming.”

If the two parties cannot agree on terms, southeast Alaska residents will be without Channel 2 News on KATH-TV and KSCT-TV. Alaskans in rural areas, however, would still have access to KTUU-TV programming from satellite providers and on the Alaska Rural Communication Service (ARCS) network.

Brad Hillwig, Marketing Director KTUU-TV 907-762-9203 bhillwig@ktuu.com

About KTUU-TV

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.