KUAC to stop broadcasting channels after governor’s veto

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) KUAC public radio and television will stop broadcasting several channels in an effort to meet new budget restrictions.

According to a press release from KUAC, they will stop airing channel 9.7 and 9.8 which are radio channels on television as well as cutting channel 9.9 which streams 360 North. KUAC is also cutting KUAC 2 and KUAC 3, online digital radio channels that provide both programming and streaming service.

Governor Mike Dunleavy vetoed $155,539 in funding from the public radio station at the University of Alaska Fairbanks in his sweeping budget vetoes earlier this year. KUAC lost another $500,000 in funding from the university as they worked to meet their budget reductions from the vetoes. KUAC had around a 17% budget reduction from fiscal year 2019 to 2020.

According to the press release, the station has cut more than $1 million from their budget in the last seven years.

Cutting the digital radio channels means that KUAC will no longer be able to air the UA Board of Regents call-in public testimony on KUAC 2 or the first hour of the Fairbanks North Star Borough School Board on KUAC 3.

“(Discontinuing these five channels) will not cover the full cut of nearly $700,000 in a single year,” said Keith Martin, KUAC General Manager. Adding that they will continue to make changes to meet budget goals.