About KTUU TVKTUU is an television station in Alaska, and one of the first two to sign on in the state, along with KTVA. It was originally known as KFIA when it signed on in 1953, then changed its name to KENI-TV in 1955, and finally to KTUU on June 10, 1981.
On September 19, 1966, KTUU became the first station in Alaska to transmit in color, airing the premiere episode of the ABC sitcom "That Girl". Prior to October 1, 1967, KTUU had a joint primary affiliation with both NBC and ABC, with KTVA also airing some of the programming from both networks. However, in 1967, KTUU switched to being an ABC primary affiliate and an NBC secondary affiliate, primarily due to the fact that ABC had more programs on film at the time. In 1970, KTUU became a full-time ABC affiliate when KHAR (now known as KYUR) took on the NBC affiliation. The two stations switched networks in October 1971, with KHAR becoming KIMO and KTUU continuing as an ABC affiliate.
In addition to its ABC programming, KTUU also aired a few PBS programs, particularly "The Electric Company", until KAKM signed on in 1975. Until KTVF in Fairbanks switched from CBS to NBC in April 1996, KTUU was the only full-time NBC affiliate in Alaska, airing all of the network's programming.