Courtesy Mark Brown
Central Michigan University announced today that it has sold its television station in Flint as part of the FCC’s broadcast spectrum auction. The station, which was purchased by CMU in 2009 for $1 million, sold for $14 million.
University President Dr. George Ross said, “This was a difficult decision. Two facts, however, greatly influenced our conversation. First, nearly all viewers will continue to have access to PBS through other sources. If that weren’t the case, we wouldn’t have participated in the auction. Second, our students are our core mission. Our mandate. We must focus our resources on their success. This decision was made to benefit Michigan families, including those in Flint.”
Additionally, Ross said said the Board of Trustees will discuss and determine how the auction revenue will be invested.
The station was sold in a historic auction conducted by the Federal Communications Commission to gain spectrum for the nation’s mobile wireless companies.
CMU will continue to operate 8 radio stations and 4 TV stations throughout central and northern Michigan.
CMU invests more than $3 million a year in its public broadcasting system
If you’re feeling frazzled because yours kids favorite tv show went off, relax. On Monday, PBS is launching a new 24/7 kids channel.
The new channel, which is strictly for kids, will include shows like Daniel Tiger, Sesame Street, and Ready, Jet, Go!
Tanya Schripsema is the program director for CMU Public Television. She said the new channel will keep the same educational mission as the primary channel.
“It is very exciting for us to give children the opportunity to watch quality programming with their families,during the primetime hours, after school, and during the weekend.”
Schripsema said improved technology allows CMU Public TV to offer the new children’s channel AND CONTINUE to offer the main channel – with shows like Poldark, Masterpiece and Nova, that they’ve been running for nearly 50-years.
For information on the new TV offerings, you can contact CMU PUblic TV at 800-727-9268. Or go online to WCMU dot org for the full program schedule.
24/7 PBS Kids Program Schedule
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