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MSU will not sell off its broadcast frequency

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Mid-Michigan Downton Abbey fans are likely resting a little easier tonight.

Michigan State University says it will not auction off the broadcast frequency used by its public television station, WKAR-TV.

Instead, MSU is partnering with Detroit Public Television to offer more programming across multiple platforms. 

MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon made the announcement at a Monday press conference.

"We want to be the intellectual partner for the station as we think community engagement, and as we think about the needs of the community," Simon said.

Simon said one the new partnership's first initiatives will be round-the-clock children's programming for families statewide. 

"We're bringing the best of the world to Michigan and the best of Michigan to the world. We're doing that across socio-economic class, and we're doing that with innovation," she said. 

Simon said WKAR will continue to offer PBS and expand local programming as the new partnership progresses.

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