Since an agreement couldn’t be reached, a lot of rural Alaska communities are going to lose a major source of their news and television programming.
On November 8, a re-transmission agreement between Anchorage NBC affiliate KTUU and GCI expired, ending national and local NBC broadcasts in 22 communities.
Those communities include Adak, Barrow, Bethel, Cordova, Galena, Kodiak, Kotzebue, Nome, North Slope BP, Skagway, Tanana, Valdez and Whittier.
GCI will continue to broadcast KTUU in Anchorage, Girdwood, Homer, Kenai, Seward, Soldotna and the Mat-Su Borough under a must-carry agreement.
After months of negotiation and an extension of deadline, KTUU and GCI were not able to reach an agreement.
GCI was to replace the KTUU programming in most affected communities with the Starz Kids and Family network beginning today (Nov. 9.)