Quad Cities PBS Partners with Peoria's WTVP

August  07, 2014

      Public television in the Quad Cities now has ties to Peoria. Tomorrow, WQPT, Quad Cities PBS, will announce a new partnership with its sister station, WTVP, in Peoria. 

      For five years, WQPT outsourced its master control operations to a tech company in Davenport called Stratus. When a Texas company bought Stratus, WQPT decided to accept a bid from WTVP to control its technical broadcast operations. 

      Mary Pruess, general manager of WQPT, says the station switched its signal at the end of June. 

      "We've been able to smooth that out and we're hoping that everything has stabilized, and if people haven't noticed, then we've succeeded."

      She says the station will have an even better signal by the end of the summer. And WQPT will continue to broadcast high definition programming on its main channel and on Worldview, its secondary channel. 

      "Perhaps we'll be able to find new ways to collaborate for the benefit of everybody. It could mean some new programming and could mean some kinds of cooperation on education or programming kinds of initatives that would expand the scope of our service."

      The partnership will not change jobs at WQPT, and the station remains the public broadcasting service of Western Illinois University.