Keep PBS in Orlando

  • By: Anna Eskamani
  • Target: FCC Federal Communications Commission, Channel 24, PBS, Orlando, FL
PBS is our local connection to the global community. It has characterized as our nation's largest classroom, our nation's largest performance stage, our nation's trusted window to the world. 

For 45 years, WMFE-TV has been our Orlando source for Public Broadcasting. For 45 years this channel-- fondly referred to as Channel 24-- has provided us with quality programming like Mister Roger's Neighborhood, Sesame Street, Bill Nye the Science Guy, NOVA, and NewsHour.

And now, Channel 24 is being sold. Without our consent. To a Texas-based Christian television network known as DayStar. 

For those of us who grew up in Orlando-- this is personal. For those of us who love PBS-- this is political. Whatever the case may be, the personal is always political. And with that said, we refuse to let PBS in Orlando slip through our fingers. We prefer instead to keep a tight grip of it.

****Please sign below to petition the FCC for reconsideration of the WMFE-TV/DayStar transaction. We have less than 30 days to do so, and if we can objectively argue that this transaction does not fulfill the needs of a non-commercial channel, then the FCC may delay or decline the transaction. This would give us a second chance to save the station in a more direct way.

If we are unable to delay or decline the FCC transaction, the next step would be to foster the development of a new flagship PBS station. 
Once a new main source of Public Broadcasting is established, the goal would be to maintain it through advocacy at the local, State, and federal level and preserve PBS within the Orlando community for generations to come. 

This won't be easy-- but it will be worth it. Will you help us keep PBS in Orlando?
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