Jun 10, 2011
The licensee for KCSM-TV is preparing to sell the California public broadcasting station. The board of the San Mateo County Community College District on Wednesday (June 8) "directed staff to prepare putting KCSM on the market," according to the San Jose Mercury News. The board cited the station's projected $800,000 structural deficit. "I'm disappointed," KCSM General Manager Marilyn Lawrence said. "The station has been a legacy to the college. It'll be a great loss to the community." The television station already has drawn interest from four possible buyers and could sell for around $5 million, Lawrence said.
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Orlando's WMFE-TV this week said in comments to the Federal Communications Commission that a delay in its sale to religious broadcaster Daystar "would be devastating," and that its “cash reserves are limited and most have already been consumed" to keep the pubTV station running over the past few months, reports the Orlando Sentinel. The FCC has received 525 objections to the impending sale. Read WMFE-TV's "Opposition to Informal Objections" here (PDF).
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Maine Public Broadcasting Network got very good news late Thursday (June 9) when the state legislature's Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee voted unanimously to provide the pubcasters with $1.95 million for fiscal 2012, which Gov. Paul LePage (R) proposed eliminating. The committee also recommended a slightly reduced total, $1.75 million, for FY13. "It has been truly gratifying to see the support from so many of you who believe in MPBN's contribution to the very fabric of all of Maine," said Jim Dowe, network president, in a letter to supporters on MPBN's website. "Your many and diverse voices were heard loud and clear in Augusta! Thank you!" The biennial budget goes on to the full legislature and governor for final approval.
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As in Houston, a student station in Nashville will move from broadcast to the Web, and the local pubradio station has doubled its over-the-air capacity, moving to separate news and classical channels. Vanderbilt University’s campus media group, majority-controlled by students, opted to receive $3.35 million, selling its 91.1 MHz channel to Nashville Public Radio, the Tennessean reported. The buyer will be able to go all-news with WPLN and play music on the acquired frequency, resolving a conflict that has pained the mixed-format station, General Manager Rob Gordon told the Tennesseean: “We’d have people call in and say, ‘It’s Saturday afternoon, I was wondering if Mubarak had resigned, and I turn on WPLN and you’re playing opera.’” The student station, WRVU, will be heard online. At Vanderbilt, as elsewhere, some decision-makers assume that young people wanting music will go to the Internet, not to radio. The sale of WRVU, expected by observers, is part of a gradual sell-off of stations long operated by universities.
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Applications are now being accepted for the 2011 Producers Workshop at WGBH, part of the CPB/PBS Producers Academy. It's open to producers who want to create content for pubcasting, either through a station or independently. Application deadline is July 8 for the October workshop in Boston. Want to know more? Check out what alums are doing on the Producers Workshop Online.
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WHYY overcame a deficit of $3.9 million to end the last fiscal year with a $1.7 million surplus, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer. WHYY's new audited financial statement shows that the station received $8.9 million in program contracts and other project revenue in fiscal year 2010, $4.9 million more than the previous year. Meanwhile, personnel and fund-raising costs dropped — including station President William Marrazzo's base compensation, which fell from $506,157 in FY09 to $448,161 in FY10.
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In an interview with Amy Goodman on Democracy Now!, longtime PBS newsman Bill Moyers sounds a warning. "Public broadcasting, which remains a place that treats you as a citizen and not a consumer, is ... threatened," he said. "We must defend it. We must call it back to its heights. We must continue to support it, because without it, we’re at the mercy, totally, of corporate power."
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