Gannett said shuttering Flagstaff TV station

From two reader e-mails: GCI is closing Channel 2, KNAZ-TV in Flagstaff, Ariz. — perhaps the smallest of the broadcasting division‘s 23 stations — after the NBC affiliate’s last newscast, Aug. 15, because of poor advertising sales. “KNAZ’s news, production and advertising sales departments will cease operations on that date,” one reader says.

The outlet has been owned for 10 years by Gannett’s Phoenix station, KPNX-TV, the reader says, adding: “All of the laid-off employees are eligible for severance packages and can apply for open positions at KPNX and at Gannett’s other TV stations.”

Flagstaff is two hours north of Phoenix. KPNX also is an NBC affiliate.

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7 Responses to “Gannett said shuttering Flagstaff TV station”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    These jackasses couldn’t even sell the Olympics?

  2. Anonymous Says:

    That’s what those ads begging for advertisers for the Olympics tell me too.

  3. Anonymous Says:

    http://www.azcentral.com/phpAPP/multimedia/flash.php?path=rtmp://azcentral.com/knaz/080608knazclose&HTTP_REFERER=http://www.azcentral.com/2news/

  4. Anonymous Says:

    It’s the only station in town and several KPNX reporters have come from Flagstaff. It’s been for sale for years with no takers. When it closes Flagstaff will have no local TV news.

  5. john reinan Says:

    Wow, I don’t know much about the TV business, but closing an entire station seems like a dramatic step to me.

  6. Anonymous Says:

    What John Reinan said.

    I was under the impression that owning a TV station was analagous to having a license to print money. Guess the economy is bad enough — and the Internet and cable have changed the local TV biz enought — that’s no longer true. Or perhaps the place was terribly mismanaged?

  7. Anonymous Says:

    TV — like radio and magazines and all other advertising-supported media — are in deep doo-doo. Their revenue is drying up, just like ours, and their audiences are fading away, just like ours.

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