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May 14, 2020

FCC Releases Results of 2019 EAS Test

Radio World The results of the 2019 EAS test are in. The Federal Communications Commission released the results from the August 2019 nationwide EAS test, which demonstrated that the nation’s broadcast-based EAS distribution system largely works as designed—though the test did expose several issues within the system that require improvement.
May 12, 2020

Trends During Great Recession May Foreshadow Pandemic’s Impact on Pubmedia

Current The impact of COVID-19 is a very different financial shock from what public media has seen before, but it’s not the first fiscal challenge the industry has faced. The Great Recession of December 2007 to June 2009 also posed a huge test for public radio and television stations throughout the country. We at Public Media Co. thought it would be a good idea to take a look at what happened a decade ago.
May 8, 2020

Message From Pat Harrison, President and CEO, CPB

As we near two months of teleworking and social-distancing, it’s important to look back and see how far we have come and how much we have accomplished. There is no question that the days are long, and the working conditions are hard, but I continue to be amazed by the commitment and ingenuity our system tirelessly displays, day in and day out. The American people are taking notice and I believe that on the other side of this pandemic, the true value of public media will be apparent to all.
May 6, 2020

Bringing Them Back: Questions for HR from Returning Workers

SHRM As employees begin to return to their workplaces after weeks under COVID-19 stay-at-home orders, they will have questions. After all, the world changed suddenly because of the deadly coronavirus pandemic and so have employees' expectations and fears. Be prepared by considering these six things employment attorneys and human resource experts say workers will want to know right from the start.
April 20, 2020

Washington Update From NPR

Dear Colleagues: Your response to the COVID-19 crisis is deeply inspiring. Across formats, across the country, you have created remarkable and innovative ways to sustain communities and keep audiences informed and connected.
April 16, 2020

Distribution Plan for the FY 2020 Stabilization Funds

The CPB Board of Directors has unanimously approved a distribution plan for the $75 million of emergency stabilization funds for public media included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), which was signed into law on March 27, 2020.
April 7, 2020

CPB CARES Act Advisory Group

As you know, Congress has appropriated $75 million in emergency funds to CPB for the public media system. Specifically, Congress directed that the funds be used to maintain programming and services and to preserve the ability of small and rural public media stations to continue to provide essential information, educational content and services to the American people.
April 6, 2020

Letter From Pat Harrison, President and CEO, CPB

 Read the full letter.
April 5, 2020

New CDC Guidance for Employers Reflects Evolving Knowledge of Coronavirus

By SHRM Open the windows. Leave contaminated areas vacant for 24 hours if you can. Wear disposable gloves and gowns. And, of course, wash your hands often.These are among the updated guidelines posted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for cleaning and disinfecting a workplace after an employee is diagnosed with COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus. Among the new tips: If a contaminated area has been closed for seven days or more, there's no need for a special cleaning.
April 3, 2020

How the COVID-19 Crisis Points to a New Path Forward for Public Media

By Current A few years ago, the award-winning producer Jay Allison wrote a provocation referring to public media as “a precious local and national system, founded on a beautiful idea, and we should protect it. … If it fails, it will never be built again.” That has stuck in my mind ever since and come back with a haunted urgency over the past several weeks.As COVID-19 has swept across America and around the world, the response from thepublic media system has been nothing short of heroic.