FAIRBANKS — KUAC TV will take over as AlaskaOne, a public television broadcast service, in Interior Alaska beginning July 1. Created in the mid-1990s to serve Bethel, Fairbanks and Juneau areas, AlaskaOne is coming to an end after public television stations around the state decided not to centralize a broadcast feed from Anchorage.
The state’s four public television stations have been trying for years to work together to share administrative costs in a combined, statewide service.
A statement from the University of Alaska Fairbanks said the local station could not justify the latest development of the service, which came last November.
“When the Alaska Public Broadcasting Service board voted to move the distribution point from Fairbanks to Anchorage, KUAC determined the move would ultimately be detrimental to Interior communities’ service,” the release said. “The solution was to opt out of the statewide service and continue as a standalone station, which allows KUAC to tailor programming to the needs of the Interior.”
Southeast Alaska and the Bethel region will now receive services from KAKM in Anchorage.
Interior viewers will not notice a difference in the services other than the name change — the same programming will continue.
KUAC TV has operated in Alaska for 40 years, whereas KUAC FM will turn 50 in October.
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