Hawaii’s KGMB-TV is Going Off the Air
October 22, 2009
Hawaiian households relying exclusively on broadcast television will soon lose
the CBS affiliate there, according to the Star-Bulletin.
KGMB-TV will temporarily go off the air while its transmitter is being moved to
a new location to facilitate better reception. KGMB has been the subject of scrutiny
in recent weeks as its owner, MGC Capitol in Arlington. Va., entered into a
shared services agreement with Raycom of Montgomery, Ala. Raycom owns KHNL-TV,
the NBC affiliate, and KFVE-TV, the MyNetworkTV affiliate, in the market.
All three stations are said to be undergoing upgrades that were planned before
the SSA was arranged. KNHL and KFVE general manager, John Fink, mentioned plans
to move the transmitters when Hawaii went all digital in mid-January, the first
state to do so. KGMB is expected to be down anywhere from two weeks to several
months. Mike McCarthy, chief engineer of KGMB, will not be around for the
project; he’ll soon be laid off as a result of the SSA.
The signal is expected to go off the air Monday, when the three stations launch
their merged news operations.
A citizen media group in the state filed an objection with the FCC over the
shared services agreement, saying it was a circumvention of media ownership
Raycom chief Paul McTear said it was the only way to keep all three stations
functioning in the current economy.
More on Hawaii’s TV stations:
September 16, 2009: “Opposition Mounts Over
Hawaii TV Operational Merger”
“Media Council Hawai‘i--formerly the Honolulu Community-Media Council--will
challenge the illegal Raycom Media deal involving Stations KHNL, KGMB, and KFVE
at the FCC.”
August 24, 2009: “Hawaii TV
Stations Strike SSA”
Raycom Media, owner of KHNL-TV and KFVE-TV, and MCG Capital Corp., owner of
KGMB-TV, have hammered out a shared services agreement among the three
April 27, 2009: “Hawaii’s
KGMB-TV Completes First Week of Interactive News”
During second day of its new interactive newscast, “@i9News,” KGMB-TV
producers got a tweet from a woman in Hilo who felt an earthquake that prompted
anchors to seek viewer feedback on what was going on.