Colorado Public Television’s Rowland Receives Advocacy Award From Association of America’s Public Television Stations
WASHINGTON, D.C. – (February 12, 2009) – Willard D. (“Wick”) Rowland, Ph.D., president and CEO of Colorado Public Television/KBDI-Channel 12 in Denver, was presented the 2009 Advocacy Award this week from the Association of America’s Public Television Stations (APTS).
The APTS award recognizes individuals who undertake effective advocacy on behalf of public television’s legislative priorities. Rowland was cited for facilitating the flow of information to Congress and regulators on many topics including editorial independence, federal funding initiatives, the digital conversion and cable and satellite carriage of local public television stations.
Dr. Rowland is a prodigious scholar of media studies and communications research and dean and professor emeritus of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He writes and publishes widely in the academic, trade and popular press on communications policy with a special emphasis on the history and challenges facing public service media in the U.S. and abroad. His candid opinions on advancing public media have been regularly heard locally through his commentaries and op-ed pieces in various publications, including The Denver Post, Rocky Mountain News and Colorado Biz.
In his acceptance remarks Rowland noted how pleased he was to be considered worthy of being included in the company of the many distinguished prior winners of the award from throughout the nation’s public television stations. He also acknowledged the contributions of the KBDI board and staff to his advocacy work and thanked them for giving him the time and freedom to pursue it.
Under Dr. Rowland’s leadership KBDI has pursued a process of comprehensive strategic planning that has led to implementation of a robust multichannel digital program service of local, national and international programming that is oriented toward community engagement, public affairs coverage and independent productions. Those efforts include the “Colorado Decides” election debate series, a partnership with the Rocky Mountain News and CBS4, that provides the largest amount of campaign and ballot initiative debate programming of any television station in Colorado.
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