Patrick Butler, president-CEO of America’s Public Television Stations: “Public television is primarily a local service, performed by 170 community, university and state licensees throughout America, pursuing essential missions of education, public safety and civic leadership for everyone — everywhere, every day, free of charge. Without the federal investment, this universal service would be impossible. And the farther away from major cities public television goes, the more important federal funding becomes.”
The president of the Association of Public Television Stations says the financial outlook for his stations is strong thanks, in part, to funding from a Republican-controlled Congress and contributions from a growing number of states. He also talks about his problems with the FCC incentive auction and subsequent repacking of the TV band and why free, universal broadcasting — in the highest possible picture quality — must remain a cornerstone of public media.
The former Washington Post Co. SVP will take over as head of the Association of Public Television Stations on Jan. 1.