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U-T San Diego Pulling Plug On UT-TV After Less Than 2 Years

The U-T San Diego building.

U-T San Diego announced Wednesday it is pulling its "U-T TV" operation off cable television systems and will instead focus its multimedia efforts on digital platforms like computers, tablets and smartphones.

The last television broadcast will be Wednesday evening, according to the newspaper. The television operation lasted less than two years.

Hotelier and U-T San Diego owner Doug Manchester at The Grand Del Mar on October 15, 2012.
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Above: Hotelier and U-T San Diego owner Doug Manchester at The Grand Del Mar on October 15, 2012.

"Our business model has always been this -- we will try new ideas and continue to evolve as a company to provide the best content and information possible for our audience and our advertisers," said U-T San Diego Chairman and Publisher "Papa" Doug Manchester, who bought the company in 2011.

U-T TV aired on channel 114 on Cox Cable and channels 17 and 1017 on AT&T U-Verse. According to the newspaper, it was unable to reach a carriage deal with Time Warner Cable, and the Cox channel was available only to digital subscribers.

Dean Nelson, who heads the journalism program at Point Loma Nazarene University, said he wasn't surprised Manchester pulled the plug, but he thought the experiment in TV news might last a bit longer.

"I admire the effort they put into it," Nelson told KPBS. "They are a news organization that realizes a traditional newspaper is not sustainable model in the long run. So they said, 'Let's try TV; let's do something different and see if it will work.' They gave it the old college try.

"And I don't know of another newspaper that has tried to do a TV operation as ambitious as this one. They tried to take their significant amount of good print content and make it into something universally appealing on a different medium. But to try and make a newspaper into a TV newscast just didn't work. They are two different things."

A "few dozen" of U-T TV's 45 or so employees will remain with the operation to produce online videos, the newspaper reported. Video news updates will be uploaded hourly, along with sports, entertainment, business and political reports.

KPBS senior news editor Mark Sauer contributed to this report.

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Avatar for user 'Peking_Duck_SD'

Peking_Duck_SD | February 19, 2014 at 10:55 a.m. ― 10 months ago

LOL

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Boots | February 19, 2014 at 11:13 a.m. ― 10 months ago

lol x2! one of the lamest shows ever,next to KUSI

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no_soup_for_you | February 19, 2014 at 2:22 p.m. ― 10 months ago

Did the guy who watched it kick the bucket?

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Boots | February 19, 2014 at 3:33 p.m. ― 10 months ago

They got the mayor they paid for. The U-T paper is the laughing stock of newsprint

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JeanMarc | February 19, 2014 at 4:18 p.m. ― 10 months ago

Dream on guys. If leftists weren't the minority, Faulconer would not be the king of San Diego right now.

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Missionaccomplished | February 20, 2014 at 9:53 a.m. ― 10 months ago

Who wants to watch an aging right wing hatchet man like Roger Hedgefund anyway with all those blonde bimbettes on Faux???

When he "assumes room temperature" like his idol Limbo used to say, he'll probably get a send-off a la Cold Warrior Jerry Coleman by rich conservatives in N County!

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Missionaccomplished | February 20, 2014 at 9:54 a.m. ― 10 months ago

Faulconer is right wing, John markkk? CA offender says he is a moderate Republican!

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Missionaccomplished | February 20, 2014 at 9:55 a.m. ― 10 months ago

No soup for you, LOL

No, he probably went back to listening to AM Hate Radio.

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JeanMarc | February 20, 2014 at 11:22 a.m. ― 10 months ago

I believe left wing radio is hate radio, they hate my constitutional rights, they hate equality. Leftists want to give minorities, deadbeats, and government dependents more privileges and more of my tax dollars.

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Missionaccomplished | February 20, 2014 at 1:58 p.m. ― 10 months ago

Minorities (ethnic or otherwise) often need protection from the majority. Certainly historically they have. Are you calling KPBS left wing and "hate radio"???

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quixfix | March 5, 2014 at 12:57 p.m. ― 9 months, 3 weeks ago

the content was terrible along with the hosts. Not to mention Scott Kaplans wardrobe.

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