U-T TV Ceasing Cable Broadcasts; Will Move to Online Distribution

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U-T San Diego announced today it is pulling its U-T TV operation off cable television systems and will instead focus its multimedia efforts on digital platforms like computers, tablets and smartphones.

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The last television broadcast will be tonight, according to the newspaper. The television operation lasted less than two years.

U-T TV evening news anchors Alejandra Cerball and Tristan Nichols. Promotional image from U-T San Diego.

“Our business model has always been this — we will try new ideas and continue to evolve as a company to provide the best content and information possible for our audience and our advertisers,” said U-T San Diego Chairman and Publisher “Papa” Doug Manchester, who bought the company in 2011.

U-T TV airs on channel 114 on Cox Cable and channels 17 and 1017 on AT&T U-Verse. According to the newspaper, it was unable to reach a carriage deal with Time Warner Cable, and the Cox channel was available only to digital subscribers.

A “few dozen” of U-T TV’s 45 or so employees will remain with the operation to produce online videos, the newspaper reported. Video news updates will be uploaded hourly, along with sports, entertainment, business and political reports.

— City News Service

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