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KTUU service in Southeast to change

Posted: December 6, 2013 - 12:07am

Anchorage — Anchorage-based NBC affiliate KTUU will discontinue news programming and some syndicated content to fellow Alaska NBC affiliates KATH in Juneau and KSCT in Sitka on Saturday, Dec. 7.

National NBC programming will continue to air without disruption and alternative programming is scheduled to replace the Anchorage-based KTUU news for affected communities in Southeast Alaska, including: Angoon, Juneau, Ketchikan, Petersburg, Sitka, and Wrangell, according to cable provider GCI.

GCI and KTUU signed a four-year agreement Nov. 22 to prevent disruption in Southeast and restore KTUU’s signal in 22 additional communities across Alaska. In order to document the agreement, the two companies agreed to extend KTUU’s signal in Southeast until Dec. 6. An official with GCI said KTUU announced last week it would refuse to honor the terms it agreed to and sought to impose significant, additional terms to the Nov. 22 agreement.

In addition to national NBC network programming, both KATH and KSCT will air alternate news from nationally syndicated One America News Network until an Alaska news broadcast is available.

Statewide Alaska news will still be available via local affiliates on FOX, CBS and ABC.

“GCI is fully aware that consumers are tired of this issue and wants the public to understand that it has made every effort to put this to rest,” the company said. “GCI stands ready to implement the terms of the agreement made with KTUU.”

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