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!

3 comments

  • john fortmeyer

    That’s a real shame. I’ve always greatly appreciated Northwest Cable News, and it made sense for King Broadcasting to have started it, since the company had stations in Seattle, Portland, Spokane and Boise to share resources.

  • pugetsound

    NWCN was never given the High-Def treatment and didn’t look good on the new high-def tv sets. That could have been a clue.

  • ainitfunny

    NWCN was the “go to” news source when something happened! The other news media always had their pants down when a big story broke.
    We lost a LOT with the loss of this 24 hr regional news channel!

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