January 29, 2009 — Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB) plans to make the switch to digital-only broadcasting on its main transmitters (Portland, Eugene, Corvallis, Bend, La Grande) at midnight on February 17, 2009 and has filed the required applications with the FCC. OPB’s analog translators serving most rural parts of the state are not affected at this time.

Also planning to make the switch on the original date established by Congress are a number of commercial television stations in Eugene, Medford and Klamath Falls as well as several Portland stations.  

Steve Bass, OPB president and CEO said, “OPB has worked diligently to help consumers prepare for the end of analog broadcasting for more than year. Delaying that transition will confuse viewers and add nearly $100,000 in unanticipated electricity costs to keep OPB’s analog transmitters running until the newly proposed June 12 deadline.”

Over the past 14 months, OPB has conducted an extensive multimedia outreach effort to inform Oregonians and encourage them to prepare for this unprecedented event. OPB has personally assisted more than 22,000 viewers with the switch to digital television and is working closely with other organizations across the region such as Elders in Action and the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO) who are focusing on at-risk populations.

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.