MSU Teams With Detroit Public Broadcasting, Will Keep WKAR-DT
In recent weeks, Michigan State University has made waves in Mid-Michigan as it contemplated selling the broadcast spectrum for its public television station WKAR-DT. And, given the dollars involved, it's no wonder the university thought about the possibility of reeling in a potential $200 million dollars from wireless carriers for the broadcast spectrum in an upcoming FCC spectrum auction.
But, MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon has decided to not sell off WKAR. Instead, it was announced today, that MSU and Detroit Public Broadcasting will enter into a joint initiative that will eventually provide Metro Detroit and Mid-Michigan a 24/7 Children's programming format.
According to wilx.com, public opinion against selling of WKAR's broadcast spectrum allowed university officials to understand what WKAR means to the community it serves, and a new plan was devised to keep the station on the air, and to benefit the entire state in the process.
A public forum originally scheduled for tonight to discuss any potential sale has been cancelled.