Public television viewers in Bethel will see some changes on July 1st, when KYUK-LD switches to a new service called Alaska Public Television. The service, originating from KAKM-TV in Anchorage, will replace Alaska One, the service Bethel viewers have watched since 1995.
The Alaska One service, which originated from KUAC-TV in Fairbanks, will be discontinued as of July 1st, 2012. The University of Alaska Fairbanks announced last fall that it planned to stop offering the statewide service and would become a standalone station on July 1st. Meanwhile, KAKM stepped forward to offer the statewide channel and joined with KYUK, Bethel and KTOO, Juneau to form “Alaska Public Television.” KYUK thanks KUAC and UAF for providing the Alaska One service for the past 16 years.
The schedule of programs on the PBS channel will change somewhat. Most prime time programs will air in the same time slots, but viewers can expect a new line up during the day and on weekends. The full program schedule is available on line here.
The change is a result of several years of planning and research. KYUK-TV has joined with KAKM-TV in Anchorage and KTOO-TV in Juneau to provide improved and expanded public television service to most Alaska residents. The three stations have entered into a shared services agreement, and KAKM is taking on the lead role of providing the statewide service. The changes will also eliminate some duplicate efforts, freeing up funding to produce more unique Alaskan content.
The Alaska Public Television PBS channel will air in Bethel with no change to the channel number, digital channel 15.1. Viewers with analog televisions will need to use a DTV converter box to receive this channel. Viewers with digital ready televisions need only do a channel scan to locate this channel. The new service will continue to be available to GCI cable subscribers on cable channel 7.
For more information, call Mike Martz at 907-543-0222
Read KAKM’s Welcome to Alaska Public Television here.