- Associated Press - Saturday, January 2, 2016

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan State University must decide whether to participate in an auction that could mean an end to TV broadcasts by WKAR.

University trustees say it’s up to President Lou Anna Simon. Public forums are planned Monday and Jan. 11.

MSU has an opportunity to give up broadcast spectrum used by WKAR in the Lansing area. In exchange, the university could get $200 million from a federal auction of the spectrum.

Simon says she has until Jan. 12 to preserve MSU’s option to participate in the spring auction. The school could pull out later. No decision has been made.

Simon says money from an auction would go into an endowment, with $10 million a year available for content and other purposes. Instead of using traditional TV, shows could be available online.


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