Northern Lights Media announces sale of original programming business
Northern Lights Originals sold to Andy MacLeod
ANCHORAGE – Northern Lights Media (NLM) announced today it has sold its content development business, Northern Lights Originals (NLO), to Andy MacLeod. Currently, Mr. MacLeod serves as the General Manager of NLM’s top rated NBC affiliate, KTUU-TV, Channel 2. As part of the sale, Mr. MacLeod will be retiring in March from the station after more than 30 years to lead the start-up.
He will remain a consultant to the station to assist with the implementation of certain long-term initiatives that began under his leadership. He will maintain an office at the company’s state-of-the-art media center in Anchorage.
"There is a window of opportunity open for authentic, documentary style programming from Alaska," Mr. MacLeod said. "The owner of NLM, Gray Television Inc., has given me the chance to chase a dream of building this content development business, and I appreciate their faith and the opportunity."
Northern Lights Originals is the development arm of NLM that has co-produced original programming for cable networks and currently has additional projects under development for cable and streaming platforms. Most recently, NLO co-produced an eight-part series on the Barrow Whaler football team for the NFL Network during the 2015 season.
Mr. MacLeod joined KTUU-TV as an account executive in 1985 after several years with United Press International in the Lower 48 and Alaska. At KTUU-TV, he served in a variety of sales management positions, and he has served as the station’s General Manager since 2011.
Since Gray Television acquired NLM and KTUU last year, Mr. MacLeod has been instrumental in growing NLM’s investments in Alaska through the purchase and integration of KYES, Channel 5, in Anchorage and through the recently announced acquisition of KTVF (NBC), KXD (CBS) and KFXF (FOX) in Fairbanks. NLM also distributes its flagship Channel 2 News on KATH in Juneau and KSCT in Sitka, both of which are owned by General Communications, Inc.
KTUU-TV’s early beginnings date back to 1953. Over the ensuing decades, the station has built a reputation of excellence as Alaska’s most watched news source, producing 19.5-hours of news and sports content each week on television. Online, KTUU.com has become a digital news leader, and Channel 2’s mobile News and Weather applications are on the leading edge of mobile journalism in Alaska. Nielsen Media research shows that Channel 2 News products reach more than 80-percent of the adults who watch local news in a week, and more than 85-percent of those viewers watch Channel 2 News exclusively. That strong reach and brand loyalty are augmented by added distribution to the state’s capital and more than 244 rural communities throughout Alaska. KTUU-TV also operates KYES, Channel 5 and the Justice Network, Channel 2.2.