LANSING, Mich.(WLNS) – To sell or not to sell, WKAR-TV is here to stay.
Earlier today, Michigan State University President, Lou Anna K. Simon announced the university would not participate in the FCC’s sale of its broadcast spectrum.
President Simon also announced a major partnership between Michigan State University and Detroit Public Television which MSU says will impact public television across the state.
“It would be a huge loss. Not just for me but for the whole community I think it would be a horrible mistake, ” said WKAR viewer Tamara Hicks Syron.
That’s the feeling tonight among some viewers if Michigan State University had decided to sell WKAR-TV but that’s not the case.
“Absolutely ecstatic that the university and President Simon have decided to not only retain this wonderful resource but enhance and build on with Detroit public television, ” said WKAR volunteer David Brown.
But there are some who aren’t exactly thrilled with the decision, including proposed buyers of WKAR’S band width.
“The number one goal of the proposed goal of the sale was to free up the spectrum so that cell phone companies and data carriers could use that for private subscription services,” said Brown.
WKAR viewer Tamara Hicks Syron says she’s cautious of what’s to come from the proposed deal.
“I’m a little unclear some of the things that happened at the press conference I really don’t want to see WKAR lose the value that it has now.”
But, WKAR volunteer David Brown says Lou Anna K. Simon’s approach was completely thorough and community oriented.
“I think Lou Anna Simon was very wise in saying hold it folks before we do anything I want to make sure voices are heard .”
Brown says the public forum was a step in the right direction that essentially helped save WKAR-TV.
Now Michigan State University is not alone in the decision of whether or not to sell its spectrum for millions of dollars.
According to our media partners at M-Live, this decision also affects Central Michigan University which holds licenses for multiple PBS affiliates.
At this time,Central Michigan University’s governing board has approved participating in the auction but could pull out before it begins.