The deadline for GCI and KTUU-TV’s carriage discussions was extended, meaning Southeast Alaska GCI customers will maintain access to to KTUU’s Channel 2 News and syndicated programming until Dec. 6, according to a KTUU-TV news release.
“The two parties will use the additional two weeks to work towards reaching a long-term comprehensive carriage agreement covering Anchorage, Southeast and rural Alaska communities,” the release stated.
Marketing director Brad Hilwig said KTUU-TV is optimistic it will reach a deal with GCI that will keep the two companies working together to bring KTUU programming to GCI customers.
The two were not able to reach an agreement by the Nov. 8 deadline, causing KTUU-TV’s programming to be dropped from GCI’s rural Alaska cable systems. If the sides are able to reach an agreement by the new Dec. 6 deadline, Channel 2 News and NBC programming would be restored to approximately 7,000 rural cable subscribers, according to the release.