San Diego Business Journal

Plug Being Pulled on UT-TV’s Cable Presence

By SDBJ Staff Report Wednesday, February 19, 2014

U-T San Diego’s television station, U-T TV, is going off cable, the media company announced.

The station was launched in 2012, shortly after Doug Manchester bought the company in 2011. It was expected to complement the company’s print and online presence. A $5 million studio was built in the U-T’s Mission Valley newsroom, according to the company.

“We are out of the over-the-air broadcasting business,” said Mike Hodges, U-T San Diego’s president and chief operating officer. “But we are still in the news-video business big time.”

As of Thursday, U-T-TV — which aired on channel 114 on Cox Cable and channels 17 and 1017 on AT&T U-Verse channels — will go dark as the company switches its focus from the TV screen to the Web, the company said in an online article.

“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 Manchester, U-T San Diego’s chairman and publisher.