Tearing toward Tier One

University of Houston to merge KUHF and Channel 8, creating unified Houston Public Media

University of Houston to merge KUHF and Channel 8, creating unified Houston Public Media

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The University of Houston is merging Channel 8 and local National Public Radio affiliate KUHF into one unified organization, to be called Houston Public Media, CultureMap has learned. Staff members at both Channel 8 and KUHF were told of the move in a meeting today.

A national search is to begin in the spring for a CEO of the new TV-radio organization, believed to be one of the first of its kind. The collaboration is tied to the University of Houston's continuing effort to secure state-recognized Tier One status — with the novelty of the merger expected to bring the school prestige and a higher profile.

Under the merger, Houston's public television station and its NPR station will be run by one CEO under one organization.

"The University of Houston plans to undertake a national search for a media executive to help develop and implement the eventual merger of its television and radio stations," University of Houston executive director of media relations Richard Bonnin said in a statement when asked for comment by CultureMap.

"The projected merger will allow the university to better serve the community by using these valuable resources more effectively."

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