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Colorado Public Television President Elected as Chair of PBS Beta Station Group


Colorado Public Television President Elected
as Chair of PBS Beta Station Group
New Board Slate in Position for 2011-2012

Denver (March 7, 2011) – The public television Beta Station Group has held elections for its new board, and a new group of leaders is in place for 2011-2012. Colorado Public Television’s (CPT12) president and CEO, Willard D. ("Wick") Rowland, Jr., Ph.D. will serve as the board chairman.  

The Beta Group is one of public television’s six affinity groups, which together represent nearly all public television stations in national policy issues.  The Beta Group is made up of over 30 alternative public television stations nationwide, including two dozen Program Differentiation Plan (PDP) members of PBS and several independent, non-PBS member stations.

The new members of the Beta Group board are as follows:

Wick Rowland, Chair, Colorado Public Television-CPT12 (formerly KBDI)
Howard Blumenthal, Vice Chair, MiND TV (formerly WYBE), Philadelphia, PA
Marilyn Lawrence, Secretary, KCSM, San Mateo, CA
John Weathersford, Treasurer, PBA, Atlanta, GA
Joann Urofsky, Member, WUSF, University of Southern Florida, Tampa
Tom Carroll, Member, Lakeshore PTV, Northern Indiana/Chicagoland
Linda Gerofsky, Member, WKU PBS, Bowling Green, KY

“The diverse backgrounds, and decades of combined experience of the Beta board bring a unique, collective vision and understanding of the direction and future of the Beta Group,” said Rowland.  “We see our role as trying to help strengthen and expand U.S. public television’s capacity to provide diverse services reflecting a wide range of community interests, all on modest budgets. By the very definition of ‘Beta,’ we proudly shoulder the responsibility to test our small station operating models with creative efficiency and an open mind to program and service experimentation.  We strive to be a positive model in all aspects of public media on both local and national levels,” he said.

About Colorado Public Television – CPT12
Every day Colorado Public Television (CPT12) sets itself apart with an unparalleled schedule of local, independent “community voice” public affairs programming and invites our statewide audience to explore new issues, ideas, people and places in the state, nation and world. CPT12 curates three digital channels including our flagship signal with a mix of local, national and international programming and infused with quality PBS shows (12.1); CPT12+, the best of independently produced documentaries, music, travel, exercise, cooking, public affairs and more (12.2); and MHz Worldview, providing international news from five continents and diverse cultural perspectives for a globally minded audience (12.3). Noted by The Denver Post in its “2010 TV person of the year” honor of CEO Wick Rowland, CPT12 is a “feisty outlet” that takes a tough stance “on matters of censorship & politics.”

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