Wyoming Public T-V Requests Digital Money

Cheyenne, WY – Wyoming Public Television is asking the legislature to support its request of eight million dollars to go digital. The request was denied by Governor Dave Freudenthal. But Public Television General Manager Dan Schiedel told the Joint Appropriations Committee the money is needed so the state can go digital by 2006, as required by the F-C-C. However, Senator John Hines of Gillette says he's uncomfortable paying such a price tag for a service that does not serve a lot of rural Wyoming without cable. Senator John Schiffer thinks the station needs to expand its reach before Wyoming pays into it too much. But Schiffer does understand there is a deadline, so he expects the committee to have some conversations about the request.