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CPB seeds digital switch

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting Monday handed out almost $20 million in grants to 58 public TV stations to help them make the conversion to digital.

oncommercial stations have until May 2003 to make the switch. Currently, 83 of 357 noncommercial stations are broadcasting in digital, covering approximately 58 percent of the country.

The deadline for applications for the next round of digital funding is Dec. 16.

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.