Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

CMU trustees vote to buy U-M public television station

Central Michigan University’s Board of Trustees has voted to purchase WFUM-TV in Flint from U-M. The announcement on CMU’s Web site says the board approved the purchase for $1 million.

U-M announced in April that it planned to discontinue operating the station because of continued revenue shortfalls and the need for the university to control costs where possible.

“This is good news for WFUM viewers,” says Kelly Cunningham, director of public affairs. “We look forward to quick and successful discussions with CMU. The goal of this process is a seamless transition of ownership with uninterrupted service.”

WFUM-TV first began broadcasting in August 1980, and has offices and studios on the UM-Flint campus. It broadcasts over digital channel 28, and is available on cable systems throughout mid- and southeastern Michigan.

A CMU news release posted Tuesday afternoon said: “The acquisition of WFUM-TV is anticipated to increase the number of potential CMU Public Television viewers from 2.4 million to more than 8 million. In addition, it also will allow public television viewers who subscribe to satellite television services to select CMU Public Television as their local PBS affiliate, which is not currently possible.”

For the full CMU release go to www.news.cmich.edu/2009/10/cmu-public-broadcasting-to-acq/