FAQ: The Georgia State, Georgia Public Broadcasting Partnership
Was the decision to enter a partnership with Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB) based on financial gain for the university?
This decision was not financially motivated. The university would have realized far greater compensation if it had simply sold its broadcast license. The number one priority in this partnership was the opportunity to expand internship and learning opportunities for students.
Will Georgia Public Broadcasting now control programming previously done by students at WRAS?
No. WRAS does not have to change any programming and the student broadcasting experience will be unchanged. GPB will not dictate any of the student programming content. Listeners will still be able to get WRAS programs, but during the day they will have to switch from an analog to a digital format, using laptops, the Web or apps to access the shows.
How does this partnership benefit the university and its students?
The partnership will help raise Georgia State’s profile around the state in the areas where GPB broadcasts. Student programming will be aired weekly network-wide across Georgia. The transition from daytime GPB programming to WRAS could also bring new listeners to the station.
David Cheshier, chair of the Communications Department, said, “GPB’s commitment to build its high quality news operation in concert with us, and to expand internships and broadcast distribution of our best student work, will enrich the city’s informational ecosystem. The opportunity to work more closely with a world-class public broadcasting organization will benefit GSU’s nearly 2,000 film and journalism majors and the city for decades to come.
Why weren’t students informed earlier about this agreement?
Students and GPB employees were informed the day after the agreement was finalized. While students are entrusted to run the station, WRAS is ultimately a university asset. This opens the door for long-term opportunities between GPB and Georgia State. Terms of the contract evolved over time, and the university shared the decision as soon as it was signed.