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