Local TV news could be done


Anyone who tuned into K27 for news Wednesday was out of luck. Citing management changes, Craig's TV station did not broadcast the local news.

New managers say they plan to offer local coverage again soon.

K27 anchor Michael Phelps said there was no news broadcast Wednesday because he and anchor Dan Olsen weren't sure they still had jobs.

Bill Engler, K27's founder, recently purchased the station back from Jerry Thompson, Phelps said. But the station's staff hasn't negotiated an agreement with Engler yet.

Engler, who launched the station in 1986, said the purchase wasn't final. He said he planned to meet with the station's staff members today to discuss their future.

"The station is going to remain on the air," Engler said. "It is not going off the air."

Even if there is no local news, Engler said the station would continue to broadcast the America One Network.

K27 is the only station available with a TV antenna.

Thompson bought the station from Engler in December 2002. Thompson said recently that he wanted to sell K27 because he didn't have time to manage it and run Craig Ford.

Thompson could not be reached for comment Wed--nesday.

Engler hopes to continue broadcasting local news on K27. But until new management and the staff have an agreement, the station won't air local news.

Engler lives on the Front Range but plans to travel to Craig today to meet with Phelps and Olsen.

Phelps said he's keeping an open mind about the meeting with Engler.

Phelps said he would be sad for the station's viewers if the two sides can't reach an agreement and the station no longer broadcasts local news.

Brandon Johansson can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 213, or bjohansson@craigdailypress.com.

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