Dish Network Decides to Drop KTUU-TV & KYES Channel 5
ANCHORAGE, AK – KTUU-TV Channel 2, the local NBC affiliate, and KYES Channel 5 today announced that pay-TV provider Dish Network has decided to stop carrying the Alaska stations’ programming on Tuesday January 17, 2017, at 3:00pm AKST.
“We are disappointed to learn that Dish Network has decided to impose yet another blackout on its customers by taking away our stations, which broadcast some of the most highly rated programming on television,” said Andy MacLeod, General Manager of Northern Lights Media (NLM), operator of KTUU and KYES television.
NLM’s parent company, Gray Television Inc., owns top-ranked stations in over 50 markets. In many of these markets, including Anchorage, Gray’s stations have higher ratings in certain dayparts than every other broadcast station and cable channel combined. Despite the popularity of Gray’s stations, Dish has refused after many months to even begin negotiating carriage terms with Gray that are consistent with those that Dish has provided to other broadcasters and cable channels.
Recently, Gray offered Dish an extension that would have continued beyond tomorrow’sdeadline, but Dish refused to accept it.
“For these reasons, it is not likely that the blackout imposed by Dish will end soon,” MacLeod said. “Dish customers who wish to receive our programming over the next several months, including Channel 2 News, can receive it over the air for free or switch to another pay-TV provider.”
Dish’s actions will not affect customers of DirecTV, GCI, MTA and other local providers.
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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.