Alaska broadcasters challenge cable provider plans

Several Alaska broadcasters have filed a petition with the Federal Communications Commission, trying to block cable provider General Communication Inc.'s purchase of three television stations in Anchorage, Juneau and Sitka.

The broadcasters are challenging GCI subsidiary Denali Media Holdings' November acquisition of Anchorage CBS affiliate KTVA-TV, as well as Southeast Alaska NBC affiliates KATH-TV in Juneau and KSCT-TV in Sitka.

The challengers include KTUU-TV owner Northern Lights Media and Vision Alaska LLC, owner of ABC affiliates KYUR-TV in Anchorage, KATN-TV in Fairbanks and KJUD-TV in Juneau.

KTUU reports ( ) that Friday's petition says GCI is already a dominant media player in Alaska. The filing asks the FCC to either deny GCI's request for approval of the purchase or impose conditions to prevent the company from accumulating too much power in the state's media markets.

GCI spokesman David Morris says the company's expansion will provide tangible benefits to viewers statewide.

03/04/2013 - 5:31am