KTUU leaves 22 Alaska communities
On Nov. 8, 2013 a retransmission agreement between Anchorage NBC affiliate KTUU and GCI expired, ending national and local NBC broadcasts in 22 Alaska communities. Affected communities include Adak, Akutan, Anaktuvak Pass, Barrow, Bethel, Cordova, Galena, Kaktovik, King Salmon, McGrath, Kodiak, Kotzebue, Kuparuk, Nikolski, Nome, North Slope BP, Shemya, Skagway, Tanana, Unalaska, Valdez and Whittier.
GCI will continue to broadcast KTUU in Anchorage, Girdwood, Homer, Kenai, Seward, Soldotna and Matanuska-Susitna 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 will replace the KTUU programming in most affected communities where it offers cable service with the Starz Kids and Family network beginning Saturday, Nov. 9. In Kuparuk and the North Slope the programming will be replaced by WGN, a CW-affiliated station based in Chicago, Illinois. Limited NBC programming will continue to be available on the ARCS system in select communities.