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WUSF sells its signal, will go dark…

(edited from WUSF) – The University of South Florida has sold WUSF Television as part of the Federal Communication Commissions’s spectrum auction.

The license for the station was sold for $18.7 million. As part of its Broadcast Incentive Auction, the federal government is buying signals from broadcasters around the country to sell to wireless network providers.

WUSF TV will go off the air at a date still to be decided, leaving the Tampa market with just one PBS affiliate, WEDU-TV. The FCC will not distribute proceeds from the auction until the entire auction is complete. USF will have up to six months after receiving the proceeds to shut down WUSF TV’s broadcast operations. Read the rest of this entry →


02 2017

USF considers dumping WUSF-TV for spectrum ca$h…

UPDATE: 10/15/15 – Despite pleas to keep the station on the air, University of South Florida’s top officials voted to put WUSF’s spot on the broadcast spectrum up for auction — even if that means going dark for good.
(edited from –  10/13/15 – Today, The University of South FL Board of Trustees’s will vote on entering WUSF-TV in the broadband auction, which could ultimately shut down the station in return for millions in payment to the university. The trustees’ Finance and Audit committee gave its approval to the idea Oct. 6, with just one member voting against the move. WUSF’s FM radio station would not be affected.

For the first time, in April, the Federal Communications Commission will hold what’s called an incentive broadcast spectrum auction, which will allow TV stations across the country to voluntarily sell or trade their broadcasting rights to free up space on the spectrum to serve the growing demand for wireless mobile devices like smartphones and tablets. Read the rest of this entry →

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10 2015

Tampa/FL public broadcasters to loose $1mil in grants…

(from – Tea Party favorite Rick Scott is earning lots of scorn for his ham-handed budget vetoes today — including complaints about opposition voices removed from his public event at The Villages today. But broadcasters statewide are smarting in particular over $4.7 million in funds cut to public media outlets in Florida.

In the Tampa Bay area, local radio and TV stations will lose a combined $1 million in grants, including more than $500,000 to WUSF TV and radio, $435,000 to WEDU-Ch. 3 and $62,000 to Tampa community radio station WMNF-FM….Cont….


05 2011

Public stations team up in the name of journalism…

(from – Tampa public broadcasters, WEDU-Ch. 3, WMNF-Fm and WUSF-Ch. 16/WUSF-FM will be part of a nationwide $10.5-million initiative to improve local journalism across the country.

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting this morning announced it will create seven Local Journalism Centers across the country, combining resources from local stations and CPB funds for a two-year project to pioneer new techniques on news gathering and distributing content.

The Tampa stations are part of Central Florida group which includes WGCU in Ft. Myers, WMFE in Orlando and WUFT in Gainesville. This group will focus on healthcare issues in Florida, assembling five reporters, an executive editor, a senior multimedia manager and a “community engagement specialist” to create stories sparking community discussion….Cont….

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03 2010