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CPB Awards Additional Grants for Digital Conversions

CPB Awards Additional Grants for Digital Conversions

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting has awarded more than $8.8 million in grants to help an additional 119 local public radio stations, including 78 serving rural and minority audiences, purchase the equipment needed to transition to digital radio.
This is the fourth round of matching grants to eligible stations. Recipients hail from 31 states.
“Digital is the future of broadcasting, and the future is here. Public radio must be enabled to participate fully, and thanks to the investments made by Congress, state governments and local stations, we are well on our way,” said CPB President/CEO Patricia Harrison.
CPB has distributed grants to 405 public radio stations and 285 public television stations to begin their digital transition. Additional awards for public television to convert to digital also will be announced this fall. Final grants are contingent upon final equipment costs and contract negotiations with individual stations.
These funds are part of the nearly $190 million in funding that Congress has provided to CPB over the last five years to assist both public radio and public television stations to convert from analog to digital transmission.