It was to be the centerpiece of Alabama State University's new Center for Applied Technology and Communications, but Tuesday, ASU officials confirmed that a deal to purchase the old Alabama Public Television complex in Montgomery is dead.
"Alabama State University confirms that the
acquisition of the former Alabama Public Television Building in
Montgomery by its School of Applied Communications will not take place," said ASU spokesman Ken Mullinax.
ASU sought to purchase the complex for approximately $2.5 million after APT closed the facility. The plan was to turn the building into a turn it into a student-run television station. The University even hired former WSFA 12 News Anchor Bob Howell to lead it's newly formed Center for Communications Media Department.
But in October 2012, the sale hit a snag after it was revealed just how complex the transaction would be. While APT owned the building and transmitter tower, the city of Montgomery held ownership of the land, and as part of a lease agreement, radio equipment that is on the tower.
Howell said of the 30,000 square foot complex at the time, "We'll be able to add big studios, real life situations, a newsroom where kids will be working, they'll be facing deadlines, putting together newscasts on a daily basis."
Mullinax said ASU continues it search for a facility that will meet the
needs of its communications students, but no details were provided on
where that location may be.