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October 16, 2020

API Microgrants Boost Public Radio Stations’ Election Coverage

Three public radio stations have received support from the American Press Institute in a second round of microgrants for election coverage.   The grants are from API’s Trusted Elections Network Fund, which aims “to improve audience-centered elections coverage.” The three public radio stations were among 11 grantees.
October 8, 2020

PBS Celebrates 50 Years of Public Television

PBS is celebrating its golden anniversary this week, as the public media provider first began operations 50 years ago.   The Corporation for Public Broadcasting established PBS in 1969. PBS’ first broadcast was “The French Chef” with Julia Child. Today, PBS has 330 member stations serving all 50 states, Puerto Rico, Guam, and American Samoa, offering more than 1,200 hours a year of programming to fulfill its mission of educating, inspiring, entertaining, and expressing a diversity of perspectives.
October 6, 2020

Supreme Court Agrees To Hear Longstanding FCC Case On Relaxing Media Ownership Rules

The US Supreme Court has agreed to hear a longstanding case dealing with the FCC’s attempt to relax restrictions on local media ownership.   The Federal Communications Commission had referred the case—FCC, et al. v. Prometheus Radio Project, et al.—to the high court in April, supported by the National Association of Broadcasters.
October 2, 2020

Tom Karlo to Retire as GM of KPBS

Tom Karlo, GM of KPBS in San Diego, will retire from the station at the end of the year.   Karlo started working for KPBS in 1973 while attending San Diego State University, the station’s licensee. He held several positions, working in departments including production, operations, finance, and program distribution. He was named GM in 2009.
September 24, 2020

World College Radio Day Approaches

Though much of college radio station activity has been hamstrung by COVID-19 limitations, early October will see the return of World College Radio Day. Officially October 2, the 10th annual World College Radio Day will feature rocker Bret Michaels as its Official 2020 Ambassador. Michaels is best known for his work with the band, Poison.
September 21, 2020

Development from a distance: How to conduct performance reviews remotely

A return to the office is still a long way off for many, driving some employers to shift out of crisis mode and work to instill a sense of normalcy into operations. For some, that will include performance reviews, a staple in many businesses. Often, reviews give employees feedback to improve job performance and provide the manager and employee an opportunity to create career development plans.
September 18, 2020

Public TV Fights Datacasting Fees at FCC

Should public TV stations that use a portion of their spectrum to provide noncommercial data services have to pay fees for that service? That question is before the FCC in a rulemaking proceeding with groups including PBS, America’s Public Television Stations, and the Public Media Venture Group arguing that the fees are hindering development of ATSC 3.0 “broadcast internet” datacasting.
September 15, 2020

Considerations and Planning for a License Transfer

It has been observed, with great insight that divorces as well as marriages, can fail. So too the transfer of an existing non-commercial broadcast station is full of many possibilities for failure as well as success.
September 11, 2020

12 Truths About Spearheading Diversity and Inclusion

Do you ever wish, as a diversity and inclusion (D&I) practitioner, that someone had sat you down and told you what it takes to lead D&I efforts at an organization?
August 18, 2020

'It's just breathtaking': How a turbulent 2020 is likely to impact HR policies in the long run

The end of a year is typically a time for businesses to take stock of their successes and failures as well as the major turning points that defined them. In 2020, however, a succession of world-changing events may force those conversations sooner than usual.