WVUT-TV Scores $596,000 DTV Grant

Station will upgrade for HD production
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VINCENNES, IND.: PBS member station WVUT-TV in Southwest Indiana is the third public station in recent weeks to receive federal monies for digital broadcasting. WVUT, owned by Vincennes University, received $596,000 from the Department of Agriculture’s public station DTV transition grant program, Inside Indiana Business reports.

The two-year grant will fund new studio cameras and other digital production equipment that allows the station to create local programming in hi-def.

“This will allow WVUT to complete short-term and long-term goals desperately needed to serve the public with high-quality digital television local, regional, and statewide programming. It will also allow VU Broadcasting students, who work with the WVUT-TV staff on productions, to gain knowledge in the aspects of high-definition TV production,” WVUT general manager, Al Rerko, told IIB. Rerko is also an associate professor of broadcasting for the university.

WOUB-TV, a PBS station in Athens, Ohio, received a $255,000 matching grant earlier this week for HD upgrades through the U.S. Commerce Department. KDIN-TV in Des Moines, Iowa, received $47,000 in late September for digital closed-captioning gear.

More on federal DTV grants:
October 13, 2009:WOUB-TV Receives $225,000 DTV Grant
PBS member station WOUB-TV received a $255,283 federal grant for its high-definition upgrade.

September 22, 2009: “Iowa Public Broadcasting gets $47,000 Federal Grant”
The funds will be used to buy “help purchase and install digital closed captioning equipment.”