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Ohio University Telecommunications Center changes name

ATHENS, Ohio (Oct. 31, 2005) -- The Ohio University Telecommunications Center has changed its name to the WOUB Center for Public Media. The Ohio University Board of Trustees approved the name change, which is effective immediately.

The Telecommunications Center was named 35 years ago. Since that time the industry has changed greatly and WOUB has shifted with it. In recent years, the term "telecommunications" has been commonly used to describe the public switched telephone network and associated technologies.

"We believe the phrase 'public media' better reflects both the public nature of our services and the broader nature of the delivery systems," says Carolyn Bailey Lewis, director and general manager of the WOUB Center for Public Media. "It is also a phrase that is finding increased usage within the public broadcasting community across the country,"

Radio and television stations are expanding their services to the Internet, datacasting and other interactive technologies. With the advent of digital transmission, WOUB is moving into new methods of providing community and educational media services.

The WOUB Center for Public Media houses:

  • WOUB Radio and Television
  • The Ohio University Learning Network (OULN) in partnership with Regional Higher Education
  • Media Distribution, which includes the station's cable channel WOUB II
  • Interactive Services
  • "Family Health" in partnership with the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Student Professional Development

All communication and existing accounts should be changed to reflect the name change to WOUB Center for Public Media.

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Media Contact: WOUB Public Information Coordinator Kelly Martin, (740) 593-4944 or kelly_martin@woub.pbs.org

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