APTS Honors Malcolm Brett For Public Service

The Association of Public Television Stations (APTS) on Sunday presented the first-ever Pillar of Public Service Award to Malcolm Brett, director of broadcast and media innovations for Wisconsin Public Television. The Pillar of Public Service Award recognizes the contributions of an extraordinary leader in one of public television’s three pillars of public service: education, public […]

APTS Elects Board Leaders And Members

The Association of Public Television Stations on Sunday announced the election of its leaders and members of its Board of Trustees. Eric Hyyppa, director and general manager of MontanaPBS, has been re-elected chairman. Ronnie Agnew, executive director of Mississippi Public Broadcasting, has been re-elected as the professional vice chair, and Jo Ellen Chatham, lay trustee […]

PTV Spectrum Valued At Up To $6.8 Billion

A recently completed computer simulation commissioned by Public Media Company from CRA International Inc. predicts that television spectrum held by public TV stations could be valued at as much as $6.8 billion in the FCC auction taking place this year.

DMA 3

WTTW Chicago Lays Off Three Executives

Three top executives at Chicago’s noncommercial WTTW have been laid off due to budget cutbacks at the station, according to a spokesperson. Julia Maish confirmed that the positions of Parke Richeson, SVP of national productions; Mark Jahnke, VP-chief technology officer; and V.J. McAleer, SVP of community partnerships, have been eliminated.

DMA 34: SALT LAKE CITY

KUED Doc. Studies Am. Indian Boarding Schools

DMA 11

WUSF Tampa Hires Two Journalists

The University of South Florida’s noncommercial WUSF Tampa, Fla. (DMA 11) has added Denise White and Hetal Gandhi to host and develop a new show about the school, University Beat. The new show launched on Sunday, Feb. 14, 6:30 p.m., with USF President Judy Genshaft as the first interviewed guest to talk about the direction […]

Pubcasters Seek Options To FCC Ruling

Public broadcasters are considering their options for reversing new FCC rules that they fear might discourage potential station board members from serving. In a 3-2 vote Jan. 8, FCC commissioners approved rules requiring both commercial and noncommercial broadcasters to submit additional information about station officers and directors. Public broadcasters have opposed the change since the FCC first proposed it in 2009.

Why PBS, CNN Are Teaming Up On Debate

In an unusual arrangement, PBS NewsHour will provide its feed of Thursday’s faceoff between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton to the cable news network while also distributing it to its 350 “member” stations around the country. The debate will thus be the first of this campaign carried on two networks.

Lawson And Theriault To Leave CPB In May

MARKET SHARE (DMA 27: INDIANAPOLIS)

WFYI Gets Creative To Market Vonnegut Documentary

DMA 17: DENVER

Rocky Mountain PBS To Build New Home

TCA WINTER PRESS TOUR

PBS’s Kerger Worries About Auction Impact

This year’s auction of broadcast spectrum could deprive viewers of access to public TV, a matter that concerns PBS President Paula Kerger. Kerger said that FCC rules preclude her from discussing individual stations. But she noted the threat of some stations going dark if their licensees choose to auction off their spectrum. “To be candid, I am concerned, as this moves forward, to make sure that the entire country is covered and able to receive television over the air,” she said.

Why ‘Mercy Street’ Could Be The New ‘Downton’

MARKET SHARE

New PBS Drama Features Civil War Nurses

MARKET SHARE

After 30 Years, ‘Eyes On The Prize’ Returns

NJTV Could Sell Some Spectrum In Auction

The New Jersey Public Broadcasting Authority, licensee of statewide public television network NJTV, announced this week that it has filed to participate in the FCC’s spectrum auction. However, John Blair, authority executive director, said that it “has no intention of exiting public television because we provide a valuable service for New Jersey TV viewers.”

DMA 113: LANSING, MI

WKAR To Partner On 24/7 Children’s Channel

Calif. Pubcasters Team Up For Election Coverage

PTV In Carolinas Focuses On Regional Docs

11 Stations Partner For Indiana News Network

Eleven Indiana pubcasters will work together as a news network with help from a $609,000 grant from CPB. The partnership, to be called IPB News, will cover education, government and politics, economics and business, environment and energy, and health, science and technology. The grant covers the hiring of eight new reporters for the network.

DMA 22: CHARLOTTE, NC

Noncom WTVI Improves Its Financial Picture

DMA 19

WUCF Orlando Boss Polly Anderson Leaves

Producer Promises More ‘Doc Martin’ To Come

DMA 71: FLINT-SAGINAW-BAY CITY, MI)

College Questions Value Of Its TV Station

In the Flint, Mich., market, the Delta College board of trustees says it’s doing its due diligence by deciding to initially participate in a national spectrum auction that’s going to dramatically change the landscape of the broadcasting industry and potentially see the community college’s public television station WDCQ go off the air in exchange for millions of dollars.

MARKET SHARE

WLAE’s Toussaint Tribute Goes Nationwide

DMA 23: PITTSBURGH

Staff Cuts Help WQED Regain Solvency

A Public TV Guide To The Spectrum Auction

Learn how the auction will work and what it means for public TV stations and viewers.

Seven Ill. Stations Start News Collaboration

CPB announced a $715,000 grant for a journalism collaboration among seven pubcasters in Illinois, led by Illinois Public Media in Urbana. Under the working title of Illinois Newsroom, the collaboration will also include WTVP-TV in Peoria, WUIS in Springfield, WSIU in Carbondale, Tri-States Public Radio in Macomb, WVIK in Rock Island and WEIU-TV in Charleston. Together, the stations will cover much of downstate Illinois, according to Maurice Bresnahan, Illinois Public Media president-CEO.

MARKET SHARE (DMA 11: TAMPA, FL)

WUSF Airs Special About Florida’s Wild Side

What Top Public Media Executives Are Earning

Current’s first survey of executive compensation in public media spans radio and TV stations in the top 25 broadcast markets, plus leaders of national networks and organizations. Like women in the overall workforce, women in top public media management jobs are making less than their male counterparts and are under-represented. Meanwhile, there’s some disagreement within the system about whether CPB actually compels all chief executives to make their salaries public.

DMA 27: INDIANAPOLIS

Ball State Considering Selling Station

Ball State University could be paid up to $277 million at auction to relinquish the license of its Indianapolis PBS affiliate WIPB and take the station off the air. While $277 million is the opening bid price set by the FCC if Ball State participates in the auction — to free up frequency for wireless broadband companies — experts say it’s unrealistic to expect the university to receive that much.

DMA 23

Leaner Times Ahead For WQED Pittsburgh

Wayne Dyer, PBS Fundraising Institution, Dies

Wayne Dyer, the self-help author and speaker whose inspirational pledge shows raised millions of dollars for public television stations, died in his sleep of a heart attack Aug. 29 at home in Maui, Hawaii. He was 75. Dyer’s 10 fundraising specials for public TV brought in more than $200 million for stations, making Dyer “one of PBS’s most successful fundraisers,” according to a statement from Hay House, his publisher.

COMMENTARY BY JOHN LAWSON

Minority, PTV Viewers Threatened By Auction

Audience data indicate that two segments of the U.S. population will be hit especially hard by the upcoming FCC auction selling off television airwaves to wireless carriers: minorities, especially Latinos, and public television viewers. Where these two large groups of Americans overlap will be “ground zero” of this government-engineered shift from free, over-the-air television to a data plan near you.

DMA 16 (MIAMI)

WPBT, At 60, Is Poised For Its New Era

The Miami PBS station celebrates six decades on the air and makes plans for many more.In its 60 years, the station now branded as WBPT2 has become a public-television heavyweight. But now it must evolve further — without relying on its past successes.

TCA SUMMER PRESS TOUR

PBS Preps For Life Without ‘Downton Abbey’

It will soon to be a time of transition for PBS: Its biggest hit, Downton Abbey, begins its final run Jan. 3, and after it’s done the show’s absence will leave a void, which PBS President Paula Kerger was quick to acknowledge during the PBS portion of the TV critics summer press tour. However, she added, she doesn’t believe the hit show will be the “last great drama.”

PBS Programming Exec Donald Thoms Out

Donald Thoms, VP of general audience programming at PBS, is leaving at the end of the year. In a memo to colleagues Wednesday, chief programmer Beth Hoppe said Thoms is leaving to resume work at his production company ThomsMediaGroup. No decision has been made on a replacement.

PBS Using Research To Woo New Sponsors

PBS is ramping up its efforts to attract a new generation of media buyers as program sponsors, rolling out a campaign that promotes its brand and audience through Web-based marketing and traditional paid ads. The response so far has been promising.

DMAS 16 (MIAMI) & 38 (WEST PALM BEACH, FL)

South Florida PTV Stations To Merge

Two South Florida TV stations, Miami’s WPBT and WXEL in Boynton Beach, have agreed to merge into a new entity, South Florida PBS. The stations jointly announced the agreement Wednesday. The two stations announced in June 2014 that they would embark on discussions about a merger. CPB contributed $150,000 to support planning behind the effort.

KET Show Picks Up Where Mister Rogers Left Off