March 27, 2009

In Preparation for Digital Conversion, Senator Gillibrand Announces $135,000 to WSKG-TV in Vestal

Washington, D.C. - To help New York broadcasters prepare for the digital conversion coming in June, New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $135,750 to WSKG-TV in Vestal. The funding will help the station purchase and install reliability equipment for its digital master control system, ensuring uninterrupted operations during technical difficulties.

"We need to help New Yorkers prepare for the digital conversion," Senator Gillibrand said.  "These grants for our local broadcasters will make sure Binghamton viewers receive uninterrupted programming and critical information in the case of severe weather or other emergencies."

The grants are awarded from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which is awarding more than $9 million in digital conversion grants to local public television and radio stations throughout the country. The grants are part of the $300 million that Congress provided the CPB since 2001 to help public television and radio stations convert from analog to digital broadcasting.

Current law mandates all broadcasters convert from analog to digital transmissions after June 12, 2009.

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