POSTED: 6:47 a.m. HST, Nov 17, 2010
LAST UPDATED: 7:49 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.