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Long-Time LPTV Champion Mike Gravino Dies

(Image credit: Broadcasting Alliance) Mike Gravino, managing director of the Next Gen TV Coalition, died May 30, succumbing to pancreatic cancer after entering hospice care. Gravino, a champion of low-power television who advocated for the rights of the LPTV community in Washington, D. C. , was influential in winning $150 million in repack funding for low-power operators. In April 2019, Gravino announced the LPTV Spectrum Rights Coalition, founded six years earlier, would be called the Next Gen TV Coalition, with a new mission set on “leveling the playing field” for independently owned and operated TV broadcast licensees. In March 2018 he formed Airwaves USA, an LPTV brokerage.

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