With KTVA’s move into a new Anchorage station, the CBS affiliate has begun broadcasting from a new set designed by Devlin Design Group (pictures below). “The dazzling set designed by DDG jumps out of the screen and sits on the couch next to you,” KTVA general manager Gary Donovan said in a statement.
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“It’s more than a testament to modern engineering it really is a promise kept by the new owners to take KTVA to an entirely new level,” said John Tracy, consultant for parent company GCI. “In the end, it’s going to be good for journalism, it’s going to be good for competition and it’s going to be good for Alaskans.”
According to the station, new owners Denali Media doubled the staff to occupy the 17,000 square feet of office space on the second floor of the East Anchorage building housing the Anchorage Daily News.
The building also features a 3,000 square foot studio that was custom made by Devlin Design Group. Read more
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
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
“I’ve watched KUSA from afar for years, I’m incredibly excited to join the team,” Walker said.
A graduate of the University of Alaska Anchorage, Walker got his start at Anchorage NBC-affiliate KTUU before moving on to KTVA, the market’s CBS-affiliate. Walker returned to KTUU in 2010 and, since then, he has been anchoring the station’s top-rated morning newscast.
KTVA, the CBS-affiliate in Anchorage, is canceling the weekday morning and weekend newscasts, resulting in the layoffs of staffers “across several departments,” according to a station statement. The changes are effective immediately.
“These changes will allow us to address the market’s programming requirements as we continue to invest and expand into a local high definition station that truly reflects the needs of our viewers and our advertisers,” said KTVA general manager Jerry Bever said.
While the exact number of staffers laid off is unknown, Bever said he did not anticipate future staff reduction. Staffers cut yesterday included weeknight anchor Dave Stroh, who joined KTVA in 1995. Read more
McAllister is set to join Anchorage CBS-affiliate KTVA next week, according to the Anchorage Daily News, where he’ll work in a “multifaceted” role. He previously served as a political reporter for crosstown rival KTUU before heading up Palin’s communications team.
KTVA has made it clear that McAllister will not be reporting on Palin and that much of what he covers will be outside the world of politics.
Which may be welcome news for McAllister Read more