KUAC TV returns to broadcasting roots
Effective July 1, public television throughout the Interior will be provided under the banner of KUAC TV while viewers in Bethel and Southeast Alaska will receive service from KAKM in Anchorage. As a result of the transition, the AlaskaOne signal will stop transmitting.
While the name is changing from AlaskaOne to KUAC TV in the Interior, viewers will notice no change other than the new name and logo. KUAC TV in Fairbanks will continue to broadcast the same programming with the same program schedule. AlaskaOne viewers in Southeast Alaska and the Bethel region will transition to a new public television service originating from KAKM in Anchorage.
The change comes after years of work throughout the state. In November 2011, the state’s four public television stations convened the Alaska Public Broadcasting Service board meeting to discuss centralizing a statewide feed from Anchorage. The possibility of a combined, statewide service had been thoroughly investigated during the previous three years. When the Alaska Public Broadcasting Service board voted to move the distribution point from Fairbanks to Anchorage, KUAC determined that the move would ultimately be detrimental to Interior communities’ service. The solution was to opt out of the statewide service and continue as a standalone station, which allows KUAC to tailor programming to the needs of the Interior.
KUAC will continue to provide all four digital channels, KUAC TV, WORLD, Create and UATV. KUAC has provided public broadcasting to Alaskans for a half century: KUAC TV marked 40 years of service in Alaska in December 2011 and KUAC FM will celebrate 50 years of service in October 2012. Information about the transition can be found at www.kuac.org.