Ketchikan rejects proposal to limit CNN at airport

April 4, 2018

KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — An agenda item that would have directed Ketchikan International Airport to alter, change or stop broadcasting CNN Airport in its terminals has failed.

The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly on Monday voted down the item 1-5, the Ketchikan Daily News reported .

Assembly Member Rodney Dial, who sponsored the proposal, was its only supporter. Dial told the Assembly that he’s received a number of complaints about the “political” nature of CNN’s news content.

Dial said TV programming “should be non-political in nature or in the case of news broadcasts.”

“If the periodic broadcast of two or more news sources are not feasible, the intent would be for the (Ketchikan Gateway Borough) airport to select television programing that is generally considered non-political in nature,” Dial said.

Airport Manager Mike Carney said CNN Airport is specially designed for airports by screening graphic or sexual content, as well as providing sports and other programming. He said there isn’t currently a comparable network that offers those services. He also said that CNN Airport is being provided free of charge by TV provider KPU.

“CNN, you know, they’re one of the lowest-rated news stations in the world broadcasting,” Carney said. “But they’re the ones that do airport news, so, maybe in the future if this issue grows, maybe some of the other leading news networks will supply airport news.”


Information from: Ketchikan (Alaska) Daily News, http://www.ketchikandailynews.com