A group of Alaska TV station owners on Friday urged the FCC to deny applications by Denali Media Holdings, a subsidiary of General Communication Inc., to buy three TV stations: CBS affililate KTVA Anchorage (DMA 145) and NBC affiliates KATH-LD Juneau (DMA 201) and KSCT-LP Sitka (in the Juneau DMA).
“Grant of these applications 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 broadcasters said in their petition to deny.
“GCI officials have boasted to business executives and employees of other television stations that they intend to use their combined assets to restrict competition in Alaska, and to reduce the diversity of news and information sources for Alaskans,” the broadcasters continued.
A spokesman for GCI, which identifies itself as Alaska’s largest telecommunications firm, could not immediately be reached for comment. GCI’s cable plant, which provides voice, video and broadband services, passes 80% of Alaska’s households.
The broadcasters who filed the petition to deny: Northern Lights Media Inc., licensee of KTUU Anchorage; Coastal Television Broadcasting Co., licensee of KTBY Anchorage; Ketchikan TV LLC, licensee of KDMD Anchorage, KUBD Ketchikan, KTNL Sitka and KXLJ-LD Juneau; Vision Alaska I LLC, licensee of KYUR Anchorage, and Vision Alaska II LLC, licensee of KATN Fairbanks and KJUD Juneau.
Denali wants to purchase KTVA from Alaska Broadcasting Co./Media News Group (Affiliated Media Inc. FCC Trust) of Denver. KATH and KSCT would be purchased from North Star Broadcasting, based in Juneau. No purchase prices were announced.