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FCC Asked to Deny Denali Media TV Station Purchase

Broadcasters in Alaska are asking the FCC to deny the purchase of three TV stations by Denali Media Holdings, a subsidiary of General Communication, Inc.

Denali announced its plan in November to acquire KTVA in Anchorage, KATH in Juneau and KSCT in Sitka, AK. According to General Communication’s website,”GCI…is the state’s largest provider of internet services with cable modem, wireless and dedicated access. Its cable television services pass 90 percent of the state’s households with 64 percent penetration.”

In their petition to block the purchase, the owners of ABC, CBS and FOX affiliates throughout Alaska told the FCC, “Grant of these applications would result in the combination of ownership of television stations in two of the three television markets in Alaska with ownership of the largest, indeed in many cases the exclusive, provider of terrestrial cable and broadband service to much of Alaska’s population.” Read more

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Denali Media to Purchase Three Stations in Alaska

Denali Media Holdings, a subsidiary of General Communication Inc., has announced plans to purchase three Alaska stations: KTVA in Anchorage, KATH in Juneau and KSCT in Sitka.

Denali Media will purchase CBS-affiliated KTVA from Alaska Broadcasting Co./Media News Group and KATH-KSCT from North Star Broadcasting. No purchase price for the stations was announced.

“Our intention is to invest our resources and transform KTVA, KATH and KSCT into a news and entertainment leader unparalleled in Alaska,” General Communications president Ron Duncan said in a statement. “We look at these purchases as the first step toward providing a new statewide platform for news and information, as well as providing unique content and value for GCI’s video subscribers.” Read more