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PBS Hawaii raises $1.2 million for student news

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 07:49 a.m. HST, Nov 17, 2010

PBS Hawaii has received $1.2 million in donations to launch the country's first statewide student news network.


The Hiki No project is expected to deliver community-based news and information to the entire state through PBS Hawaii's television broadcasts and web site.

The Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation has donated $225,000 to the program, while tw telecom Honolulu has given $119,000. Donations from individuals topped $70,000.

The first newscast is due to air in February. PBS Hawaii says it initially expects to carry one newscast a week but it will eventually broadcast six a week.

PBS Hawaii President & CEO Leslie Wilcox said Tuesday that Hiki No will fill gaps in community information and engagement.

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