The future is uncertain for many employees of Anchorage CBS affiliate KTVA, after the television station’s owner, telecommunications company GCI, announced in late July that it’s getting out of the broadcast television business. GCI has sold most of KTVA’s assets to Gray Television, which already owns KTVA’s main local competitor, NBC affiliate KTUU, the top station in the market.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A reporter for an Alaska TV station revealed on the air that she owns a medical marijuana business and was quitting her job to advocate for the drug. After reporting on the Alaska Cannabis Club on Sunday night’s broadcast, KTVA’s Charlo Greene identified herself as the business’s owner and said she […]
Alaska telecom and station owner GCI has launched “the new KTVA,” broadcasting its local programming in high definition. The centerpiece of this state-of-the-art digital facility in Anchorage (DMA 146) is a news set and content gathering environment designed and installed by Devlin Design Group. “We have made a substantial investment bringing high definition programming to […]
Score one for the new guy in Alaska’s brewing television war. The FCC has granted Denali Media, a subsidiary of Alaska telecommunications giant General Communications Inc., the go-ahead to buy CBS affiliate KTVA Anchorage and NBC affiliates KSCT-LP Sitka and KATH-LD Juneau. Other broadcasters in the state had urged the FCC to deny the sale, saying it could result in GCI being able to squash competitors by charging exorbitant rates, assigning unfavorable channel positions or bypassing local programming altogether.
A telecommunications company’s bid to offer TV content raises questions about fairness and monopoly.
Station owners in the state want the commission to deny General Communication Inc.’s Denali Media Holdings purchase of three stations, saying the deal “would result in the combination of ownership of television stations in two of the three television markets in Alaska with ownership of the largest, indeed in many cases the exclusive, provider of terrestrial cable and broadband service to much of Alaska’s population.”
The telecom is purchasing CBS affiliate KTVA Anchorage and NBC affiliates KATH-LD Juneau and KSCT-LP Sitka from Alaska Broadcasting and North Star Broadcasting.