MSU’s Simon: WKAR-TV stays, will partner with Detroit Public TV

Jan 12, 2016

WKAR-TV will stay on the air in mid-Michigan. MSU President Lou Anna Simon disclosed that yesterday while announcing a new initiative with Detroit Public TV. We talk with President Simon about the factors that led to the decision to keep WKAR-TV and about the proposal involving Detroit Public Television and what it may involve.


Two of Michigan’s most established public television stations will be more closely connected in the future. Michigan State University administrators announced yesterday that MSU will  collaborate with Detroit’s Public television station, WTVS, to create programs that involve the university’s work in its colleges of Education, Social Science and Communication Arts.

MSU President Lou Anna Simon used the occasion to announce that broadband spectrum used by WKAR-TV will not be part of a federal auction this Spring.

The public’s response to an auction was quite negative. The decision not to be involved means the station will continue broadcasting over the air, but President Simon said the Detroit project would mean a “broader and more important role” for WKAR-TV.

Current State talks with President Simon about the future of WKAR-TV.