Alaska Pubcasters Mull Merging Operations
July 28, 2009 at 4:36 AM (PT)
ALASKA's largest public noncommercial broadcasters are talking about a merger of operations that would move the stations under common management, reports the ANCHORAGE DAILY NEWS. ALASKA PUBLIC TELECOMMUNICATIONS INC. owns ALASKA PUBLIC RADIO NETWORK as well as PBS affiliate KAKM-TV and NPR affiliate KSKA/ANCHORAGE and a network of translators, and would merge operations with the UNIVERSITY OF ALASKA's NPR affiliate KUAC/FAIRBANKS and PBS affiliates KUAC-TV/FAIRBANKS and KTOO-TV/JUNEAU and ALASKA ONE public TV network.
APTI President STEVE LINDBECK told the paper, "We need to protect the core values, quality standards and deep local roots that have sustained public broadcasting in ALASKA for more than 30 years."