It isn’t fully clear why, after 52 years, public television in Springfield became untenable.
What’s clear is that the demise of robust TV production by a veteran staff at WGBY Channel 57 is a setback.
Though some TV operations will continue, this change sharply curtails a longstanding source of public information for our region. A variety of public access TV channels remain, including Focus Springfield and Holyoke Media, both of them offering diverse and useful programming.
But WGBY has long carried the biggest banner — now in the process of being rolled up. New England Public Media said this week it has laid off 17 employees, most of them associated with the TV station; the nonprofit oversees both the station and its local public radio partner.
Audience habits appear to have changed in ways that hurt Channel 57.
The station was helping its audience peer into the future — and make that future a better place for all. Channel 57 couldn’t future-proof itself, but its staff has reason to be proud of five decades of public service.
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