Some potential changes could be happening at Eastern Illinois University that could result in WEIU-TV going off the air. Eastern will have a chance to join in a reverse auction with the Federal Communications Commission for the WEIU frequency bandwidth. If the move were to go through, WEIU’s signal would be permanently shut off sometime later this year, according to Jack Neal, the station’s General Manager. The decision could mean a potential large amount of money for the University at the expense of the station shutting down. Neal says the station’s local content would continue to be published online and possibly through other Public Broadcasting television stations in the area.
Meanwhile, University officials have until Tuesday to decide if they plan to take part in the auction. If they take part, they’ll have a short period of time to opt out of the auction, which is set to start March 29th. A public forum to discuss this topic will take place from 4-6 p.m. Thursday in the Tarble Arts Center Atrium. Station manager, Jack Neal and Eastern President, David Glassman will both be in attendance. Those with comments, questions, or concerns are asked to attend.