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WFIU, WTIU, more to expand coverage with new grant funding



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High-definition screens display each of WTIU's four channels. Indiana Public Broadcasting stations, which include WFIU Public Radio and WTIU Public Television, recently received more than $1.7 million in grant funding. IDS file photo

Indiana Public Broadcasting stations, which include WFIU Public Radio and WTIU Public Television, recently received more than $1.7 million in grant funding.

The funding will allow the stations to expand their statewide news coverage, according to a press release.

The broadcasting group, which includes nine stations, is planning to hire new beat reporters, a full-time managing editor and a dedicated video journalist, according to the release. It also said it hopes to launch a daily, statewide radio talk show by the end of the summer.

The release said the grants came from the Lilly Endowment Inc. and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

“This is a tremendous endorsement of the power of public media,” WFIU-WTIU general manager Perry Metz said in the release. 

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