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Here’s an interesting arrangement: In Brevard County, Fla., the Florida Today newspaper will be providing regular weekday TV programs for PBS affiliate WBCC, owned by Brevard Community College. The two daily news shows will air at 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. There’ll also be at least two prime-time specials each quarter focusing on local issues. “Television is a logical extension for us,” said Bob Stover, executive editor of the Gannett-owned daily paper. James Drake, president of the community college, said the deal “will enable us to fulfill our public broadcasting potential.” The school will pay the newspaper $25,000 a quarter for the shows.

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