‘Sloppiness,’ not wrongdoing, led to probe, says WNET chair

Posted: September 21, 2009

The leadership of WNET said a federal investigation into the station’s use of federal grants totaling almost $13 million is wrapping up, and the organization is financially sound. “There was sloppiness as opposed to real wrongdoing in terms of our accounting systems, which has been addressed,” said James Tisch, chairman of the WNET Board, in an interview. Continue reading

Fiscal year-end layoffs include 10% of PBS staff

Posted: June 22, 2009

Swamped by the recession tsunami as they prepared for the new fiscal year, public broadcasters at PBS headquarters; WQLN in Erie, Pa.; two Wisconsin stations and Colorado Public Radio cut budgets to keep their noses above the red ink.Falling by … Continue reading

PBS grandfathers sectarian shows

Posted: June 22, 2009

In a compromise with the few pubTV stations that carry religious programming, the PBS Board voted June 16 to allow them to keep their PBS membership without dropping the shows. Member stations also can carry worship services and other clearly … Continue reading

Diversity: More than good intentions?

Posted: April 14, 2009

For public TV, the dialogue about its minority representation is going public again. It’s about how Latinos, African Americans and other ethnic groups are represented on the screen — and the related matter of how well they’re represented in decision-making. … Continue reading

Extra debt saps Colorado net’s bond rating

Posted: March 16, 2009

All three major bond-rating firms have now downgraded the Colorado Public Radio bonds that provided $4.7 million for the network’s 2001 expansion. The reason: CPR’s 2008 decision to take on the costs of an additional FM channel … Continue reading