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As Deal Fails, GCI Drops KTUU for Rural Airwaves
Following a breakdown in contract negotiations, telecommunications company GCI is dropping KTUU from its rural broadcasts.
ANCHORAGE- Following a breakdown in contract negotiations, telecommunications company GCI is dropping KTUU from its rural broadcasts.
KTUU, the NBC affiliate for Alaska and producer of the most watched newscasts, says 22 communities are affected, including Bethel Kodiak, Nome, Unalaska and Valdez. That represents about 7,000 GCI subscribers.
Contract talks went late into Friday. KTUU was dropped Saturday.
Spokesmen for the two companies expressed frustrations Saturday about not reaching an agreement. GCI says KTUU, owned by Schurz Communications Inc., wanted to charge too much money for its programming.
KTUU said it wasn't about the money. A GCI subsidiary successfully sought permission to buy CBS affiliate KTVA Channel 11. Before the purchased was approved, KTUU had told the Federal Communications Commission that it was worried GCI would drop the channel.