Little Rock ABC Station Tower Falls

As reported today (Jan. 11) on the Web site of KATV — the Little Rock, Ark., ABC affiliate:

A 2,000-foot television tower collapsed while workers were restringing guy wires, knocking a Little Rock television station off the air.

KATV news director Randy Dixon said one person suffered a minor injury Friday when the tower collapsed in a field about 20 miles south of Little Rock. The station was working to establish a feed to restore its signal …

This incident also knocked out Little Rock PBS/KETS programming, available via AETN, Arkansas Educational Television Network.

Suddenlink has identified and established work-around solutions in the overwhelming majority of the areas where the company carries these channels, although such solutions had not been found for all areas as of 6 p.m. CT, Jan. 11. The remaining areas included the following and nearby communities served by Suddenlink:

For AETN/PBS
Helena, Ark.
Hot Springs Village, Ark.
Russellville, Ark.

For KATV/Standard
Greenville, Miss.
Note: On this cable system’s line up, an alternative ABC affiliate (WABG) should be available on Channel 4.

For KATV/High Definition
Arkadelphia, Ark.
Heber Springs, Ark.
Hot Springs Village, Ark.

Suddenlink officials have committed to restoring signal to these remaining areas as soon as work-around solutions can be identified and implemented.