Noncommercial stations in Florida and New York state are combining their master control operations in ventures designed to cut expenses. In New York, the joint master control project out of WCNY Syracuse (pictured) that will eventually run nine stations will go on line on Dec. 7. A similar master control facility in Jacksonville, Fla. — the Digital Convergence Alliance — will launch next summer with 10 partner stations and 38 program streams.
The CPB Board on Tuesday (March 27) unanimously approved spending up to $7 million for a joint master-control project linking six stations in Florida and one in Georgia. The Jacksonville Digital Convergence Alliance will run one master control for WJCT Jacksonville; WFSU Tallahassee; WPBT Miami; WBCC Cocoa; WUCF Orlando; Tampa stations WUSF and WEDU; and WPBA Atlanta.