Monday Night Football goes live in Alaska

Posted: Friday, September 10, 2004

The Alaska Superstation is making a change to the way it broadcasts the Monday Night Football game in the state this year. The game will start live, but will end on tape delay.

The Alaska Superstation - which runs the ABC affiliates in Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau - will join the game live at 5 p.m. Alaska time. But it will pause the broadcast to insert local and national news updates as early as halftime in each game.

"We'll be six or seven minutes off" the live feed by the end of the broadcast, Sean Bradley, the vice president and general manager of the Alaska Superstation told the Anchorage Daily News earlier this summer.

In past years, ABC required all its affiliates to air the network's nightly national newscast before the game started, which is why the Monday Night Football program aired on tape delay in Alaska, Washington, Oregon and parts of California.

That created conflicts as bars and restaurants found they could pull a live feed from the East Coast off their own satellite dishes and local football fans demanded the game be shown live.

Bradley said the network is giving affiliates more control over broadcasting the game this year. He said the 5 p.m. kickoff will preempt 90 minutes of national and local news programming, so the Alaska Superstation will insert news breaks during the game.

"We know this is going to impact the news viewer, so this will somewhat mitigate some of that disruption," Bradley told the Anchorage Daily News.

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