KSNB-TV to become NBC affiliate

2014-06-12T16:00:00Z 2014-06-13T08:38:11Z KSNB-TV to become NBC affiliateBy JEFF KORBELIK / Lincoln Journal Star JournalStar.com

KSNB-TV will become a NBC affiliate Friday morning, but it won't be available on Time Warner Cable until later this summer, according to TWC spokesperson Michael Pedelty.

Gray Television announced Thursday that KHAS-TV's line-up of NBC-syndicated, local and news programming is moving to KSNB-TV (Superior), which airs on Time Warner Cable channels 4 and 1004. However, Time Warner will carry KSNB's secondary channel instead on those channels. KSNB's secondary channel is a MeTV/MyNetworkTV affiliate.

As for Hastings-based KHAS-TV, it no longer will exist and its signal will go dark, said KHAS General Manager Ulysses Carlini Jr. The station, on air since 1956, served as the NBC affiliate for the Lincoln-Kearney-Hastings market, but wasn't part of Time Warner Cable's lineup. Satellite services DISH and DirecTV carry KHAS and KSNB.

"We will continue to serve our viewers with local news, weather, sports, information and entertainment," Carlini said.

Excalibur Broadcasting recently purchased KHAS, with Gray Television striking a deal with Excalibur to operate the station. Gray also owns and operates Lincoln CBS affiliate KOLN/KGIN-TV.

“We are eager to welcome this local NBC into the Gray Television family and look forward to working together to serve our viewers, communities and businesses in Central Nebraska," said Susan Ramsett, local Gray vice president and general manager. "Our company is very focused on technology and news. As a result, KHAS’ loyal viewers can look forward to some exciting changes in the months ahead."

For viewers with antennas, KSNB operates channels 4.1 (NBC) and 4.2 (MeTV/MyNetworkTV). KHAS used to found on channel 5.1.

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