BYU Broadcasting announces TV and radio consolidation plans

Maddi Driggs
Students in the Master Control room at BYU Broadcasting. Students are the majority of the staff at BYU Broadcasting.

BYU Broadcasting announced Monday morning that it will consolidate its three separate television operations (BYUtv, KBYU Channel Eleven and BYUtv International) into a single nationwide network while similarly combining its two radio stations (BYUradio and KBYU-FM/Classical 89) into a single entity.

This plan will go into effect on June 30, 2018 at which time BYU Broadcasting will focus its efforts on two separate but related platforms: BYUtv and BYUradio.

These plans will allow BYU Broadcasting to streamline its operations and focus employees and resources on two platforms instead of five. This change “will not require a reduction in force” according to a press release issued on Monday morning.

Despite the planned elimination of BYUtv International, BYU Broadcasting will continue to create and distribute Spanish-language content for viewers across Latin America and the United States.

BYU Broadcasting also predicts that the mergers will not affect the heart of its content.

“BYU Broadcasting will continue to emphasize original, values-oriented, family content on
BYUtv and BYUradio,” said Managing Director of BYU Broadcasting Michael Dunn. “This consolidation of services will allow our organization to focus, simplify and unify the future of our media portals. At the same time, we will also be able to offer the Utah market comprehensive HD access to these major investments in content, including more than 500 hours annually of live HD collegiate sports programming.”

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