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HMG member, Dr. Chukwuka Onwumechili, quoted in the New York Times on why WHUT should be kept on the air

December 14, 2015

Howard University, Dr. Wayne A.I. Frederick, is expected to to announce his decision on whether WHUT,the first and only PBS station licensed and operated by a predominantly African American institution, and the only HBCU licensed public television station in the world, will enter a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) auction "to try to sell off its rights to the spectrum on which it broadcasts" by December 18, 2015.
Many have come forward to support the idea of keeping the spectrum. Dr. Chukwuka Onwumechili, Howard University Professor and Howard Media Group (HMG) Researcher, specifically reminded that although "very often there is this sense that everyone has access to cable television and Internet ... that’s wrong. We know that there are people who rely on over-the-air signals, and [WHUT] serve[s] those people.”
On November 3, 2015, HMG submitted a position paper providing alternatives to such drastic decision, which would not only affect the 2 million households in the greater Washington metro area that it currently serves, but also the community at large.
If you want to read more about the arguments presented on this issue, please visit Nicholas Fandos piece on The New York Times at
And if you missed HMG's Position Paper, please visit