Tegna pulls the plug on Northwest Cable News
BY JOEL CONNELLY, SEATTLEPI.COM–Northwest Cable News will cease to exist on January 6, 2017, ending two decades of broadcasting news and weather for the “Fourth Corner” of the country. King Broadcasting is now owned by Tegna, a Virginia-based corporation formed after the media conglomerate Gannett announced in 2014 that it was separating its print publications from its broadcast properties. Tegna operates 46 TV stations in 38 markets…Last week, Saga flipped the switch on the translator for KPUG Bellingham (1170), putting its sports talk format on FM. Before that, KIRO-FM’s 55,000-watt Class C signal was heard in Bellingham on that frequency. Bonneville-Seattle VP/GM Carl Gardner says they’ve received dozens of calls from listeners in Whatcom County, which encompasses Bellingham, wondering what happened during the initial days after KPUG’s translator signed on. Gardner plans to collect feedback from listeners and present it to the FCC with the goal of getting Saga to move the translator to another frequency. “We support KPUG in what they are doing; we just want them to do it on another channel,” Gardner told the Bellingham Herald. [InsideRadio] ……….THIS JUST IN…TINA PATEL, formerly at Q13 FOX KCPQ, is now working at CBS 2/KCAL 9 in Los Angeles. Movin’ on up!