KTUU programming faces interruption in nine rural Alaska communities
Anchorage, Alaska – Effective Tuesday, Oct. 16, GCI’s agreement with Anchorage-based NBC affiliate KTUU to carry its copyrighted programming on GCI cable TV in nine markets throughout rural Alaska will expire. Without a new agreement, GCI will not be able to continue that carriage.
Communities affected are: Barrow, Bethel, Cordova, Kodiak, Kotzebue, Kuparuk, Nome, North Slope and Valdez.
Under an agreement between GCI cable TV and KTUU dating back to August 2002, rural consumers have received KTUU programming from Anchorage over GCI’s cable TV systems. GCI has offered to renew the current agreement, under which the parties exchange services, but KTUU, owned by Indiana-based Schurz Communications, sought cash payments to continue providing services. GCI has further offered payments increasing every year to help bring the matter to closure and ensure continuity for our customers well into the future. KTUU has declined that offer as well.
GCI disagrees with KTUU’s claims that it has offered to permit continued carriage in these locations for “free” through 2014. GCI remains focused on a fair, long-term resolution for all its customers.
GCI cable TV has agreements in place with KTBY, KTVA, KYUR and other broadcast stations. Programming from these broadcasters will not be affected.
GCI cable TV will substitute alternative programming in the channel 2 slot, as needed.
GCI is the largest telecommunications company in Alaska. A pioneer in bundled services, GCI is the top provider of voice, data and video services in Alaska, through which consumers can experience entertainment everywhere. GCI is also the leading provider of communications services to enterprise customers, particularly large enterprise customers with complex data networking needs. More information about GCI can be found at www.gci.com.