All photos by Skip Gray/Gavel Alaska
Gavel Alaska is a statewide television service of KTOO-TV, Juneau’s public TV station, and provides unedited live and tape-delayed coverage of state government activities. Gavel Alaska is operated independently, and is funded by the City and Borough of Juneau and private sector businesses and organizations.
Our normal broadcast hours are from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday to Friday, during the annual legislative session. As the need arises, we extend our hours to cover weekend or late-night meetings and floor sessions.
Our legislative coverage includes committee meetings, floor sessions, press conferences and other legislative events. In addition, we cover oral arguments before the Alaska Supreme Court, administration press conferences and briefings, general government activities, and other meetings about legislative issues or of political interest.
Gavel Alaska began as a two-week demonstration project during the First Session of the Nineteenth Alaska Legislature in 1995. The next year, the legislature allowed full-time coverage and honored Gavel Alaska with a legislative citation.
KTOO pioneered legislative coverage in Alaska in the late ’70s with weekly and daily “wrap-up” programs. KTOO also provides news feeds and related broadcast services to the major news organizations on the East Coast and to other Alaska stations.
Gavel Alaska is distributed statewide by GCI Cable on channel 15 (channel 18 in Juneau) on the 360 North television channel. Gavel Alaska is also available over the air on public television stations, and on Dish Network and DirecTV.