Blue Ridge PBS to Shut Down Two Transmitters

Roanoke, VA - Blue Ridge PBS is shutting down two transmitters that carry the station's over-the-air digital signal to parts of Southwest Virginia and Tennessee.

Blue Ridge PBS management plans to shut down the transmitters in both Marion and Norton, which will only affect over-the-air viewers in far southwestern Virginia and parts of Tennessee.

Blue Ridge PBS president James Baum attributes the move to a loss of state funding and automatic federal budget cuts.

The move is due to recent federal dollars lost during sequestration, in addition to all state funding that was cut last year.

"We will continue to rely on our friends in cable TV and the direct broadcast satellite services to provide our PBS service in that region," said James Baum, president of Blue Ridge PBS.

The change is expected to go into effect by June 30.

In all, Blue Ridge PBS has lost more than $800,000 in government funding over the past year.

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