12.14.2010 03:00 PM
KTUD-LP Asks FCC to Shut Down Analog Transmitter
LAS VEGAS: Low-power TV station KTUD is once again
requesting permission from the Federal Communications Commission to shut down
its analog signal. Station management says it can’t afford to continue running
both digital and an analog transmitters, but its analog assignment is the
primary channel protected under Class A status.
Barry Garratt, vice president of engineering for Las Vegas TV Partners, said
the KTUD analog transmitter has been dark since November of 2009, but the
station’s special temporary authority ran out Nov. 30, 2010.
“We then had to turn it back on for a week or so and have again filed for an
STA,” Garratt said. “Unfortunately there is no way to transfer and make KTUD-LD
our primary license although I am in contact with the FCC asking for a ruling.
I would like to give back Ch. 25 which is our analog channel and make Ch. 20
Low-power, translator and booster TV stations were not subject to the June 2009
digital transition when most full-power stations cut analog signals. The
commission in October issued a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to gather
information on a potential mid-2012 transition for remaining broadcasters. It
would apply to more than 2,450 LPTVs, 520 Class A stations and 4,500 licensed
-- Deborah D. McAdams