The fate of WHUT, the public television station owned by Howard University, rests with Dr. Wayne A.I. Frederick, the historically black institution’s president, and its board. Credit Gabriella Demczuk/The New York Times

WASHINGTON — When Howard University Television crackled onto the airwaves here in November 1980, hundreds of people representing the city, university and broadcasting industry turned out to celebrate the first of its kind: a public television station owned and operated by a historically black institution.

Thirty-five years later, the station, WHUT, which now… [Read more on The New York Times]