Supporters cheer as trustees approve new PBS station in Florida

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After the University of Central Florida Board of Trustees approved the new WUCF-PBS on Thursday (May 26), “a small crowd at the meeting applauded loudly and cried out in celebration,” according to the Orlando Sentinel. “We see this as an opportunity to step up and serve the community in a new way,” said Grant Heston, UCF’s assistant vice president for news, information and UCFTV. “We look forward to finalizing this with PBS in the coming days.” The university is partnering with Brevard Community College in Cocoa. BCC operates public TV station WBCC, a secondary PBS station. Through an exisitng partnership with UCF, BCC broadcasts UCFTV. UCF and BCC have been working eight weeks on a deal to present full PBS service in Orlando to replace WMFE-TV, which is being sold to religious broadcaster Daystar.

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