February 9, 2009 — Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB) plans to delay its switch to digital-only broadcasting until June 12, the extended deadline Congress approved in bills passed last week, and which President Obama is expected to sign shortly.

“The government is concerned that some people aren’t ready to make the switch,” said Steve Bass, president and CEO of OPB. “We decided to honor their request and delay until June 12. This decision comes at a cost. OPB will need to spend about $100,000 for unbudgeted utilities and other expenses. It may also have the effect of delaying the digital transition for some of our translator sites in rural Oregon.”  

OPB plans to continue its extensive efforts to help the community prepare for the end of analog broadcasting. For information on how to make the switch, visit opb.org/digital or call 1.800.241.8123.

About OPB
OPB is the state’s most far-reaching and accessible media resource, providing free access to programming for children and adults designed to give voice to community, connect Oregon and its neighbors and illuminate a wider world. Every week, over 1.5 million people tune in to or log on to OPB’s television, radio and Internet services. As the hub of operations for the state’s Emergency Broadcast and Amber Alert services, OPB serves as the backbone for the distribution of critical information to broadcasters and homes throughout Oregon. OPB is one of the largest producers and presenters of national television programming through PBS, and is also a member station of NPR, Public Radio International (PRI), and American Public Media (APM). The OPB Web site is opb.org.