Orlando's WUCF-Channel 24 is part of a public TV station group that aims to consolidate broadcast operations in a single master control in Jacksonville.

The 11-station group, called the Digital Convergence Alliance, has received a $7 million grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The CPB said projected savings from the consolidation were more than $20 million over 10 years.

But the arrangement won't affect staffing or scheduling at WUCF, station spokeswoman Christine Dellert said.

Patricia Harrison, president and CEO of CPB, said the grant "will enable stations to operate more efficiently and generate more resources that will help build their capacity to deliver high-quality, local content and services in their communities."


The other Florida stations in the alliance are WJCT in Jacksonville, WFSU in Tallahassee, WEDU in Tampa, WBCC in Cocoa Beach, WFSG in Panama City and WPBT in Miami. The alliance also includes WPBA in Atlanta, WTTW in Chicago, WILL in Urbana, Ill., and KERA in Dallas. The alliance chose to base its operating center in Jacksonville and has hired JCT Services to manage the operation.

The 11 stations came together to reduce costs and improve broadcast services, said Susan Howarth, president and CEO of WEDU. She is also chair of the alliance's board of directors.

"After the initial build-out, we look forward to serving additional stations, which will further increase the efficiencies provided by the project," she said in a statement.

Howarth gave no timetable on the consolidation in her statement.