KILLEEN, Texas — The end is near for KNCT-TV, as the public television station will cease TV broadcasting at midnight on Aug. 31, — a casualty of the broadcast spectrum incentive auction.
Last February, the Central Texas College Board of Trustees voted not to repack the public television station following the results of the incentive auction. The Federal Communications Commission reshuffled the UHF television band by assigning television stations to Channels 14–35. KNCT, Channel 46, was scheduled to be one of the “repacked” television stations and would have had to relocate to Channel 17 by March 2020.
The $4.4 million cost to repack was the deciding factor in the CTC Board of Trustees’ decision not to repack. As a public television station, KNCT receives funding from a Corporation for Public Broadcasting grant, viewer donations and Central Texas College.
At their June workshop, the CTC Board of Trustees announced the news. The station will continue to offer local programming via internet streaming and social media outlets. In on-air announcements in late July and August, KNCT will provide information on how viewers can continue to receive their PBS programming.
KNCT-FM 91.3 MHz public radio is not impacted by the decision not to repack the TV station. KNCT-FM will continue to broadcast 24 hours a day at 91.3 MHz. For listeners with HD Radios, Channel 91.3(1) offers easy listening music while Channel 91.3(2) offers 24-hour classical music. The station operations will be under CTC’s Business Services department.
The decision will also not impact the radio/television academic program. Beginning with the fall 2018 semester, CTC’s Radio/Television academic department will be renamed the Communication and Media Technology program and placed under the Business Administration department.