KATV Sending Signal from KTHV's Tower

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Little Rock television station KATV is using a backup tower from rival KTHV to broadcast its analog signal as it works to replace its tower in Redfield that collapsed.

The ABC affiliate resumed its analog broadcast Monday, using a backup tower on Shinall Mountain in west Little Rock belonging to KTHV.

KATV's 2,000-foot tower in Redfield collapsed January 11, also knocking out PBS affiliate KETS.

Most cable and satellite vendors have continued to receive both stations.  Viewers who use an antenna still cannot get KETS.

The Arkansas Broadcasters Association says about 200,000 of the 1.1 million Arkansas households with television stations receive signals over the air.

KATV officials have not said what their specific plans are for restoring full service.

KTHV President and General Manager Larry Audas says KATV is to cover the expense of operating its signal off the CBS affiliate's 200-foot tower and antenna.

Audas said competition beteen the stations doesn't extend to the current circumstances.

Arkansas Educational Television Network Deputy Director Tony Brooks says the network was waiting for a part to arrive so it can use a Clear Channel Communications tower in Redfield to send its signal.

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