Public media junior staff question ability of senior managers to manage digital and social media platforms

WASHINGTON – Senior managers in U.S. public media and millennial junior staff members share almost identical visions of the transition from broadcasting to digital platforms over the next ten years, according to a new survey presented at today's CCLP forum here. But the same survey shows more than 40% of the younger staff members are not confident that senior managers know what they are doing in digital media. The senior managers and junior staff were very close in their projections of the shift from broadcasting in 2013 to digital in 2023, "within a few percentage points" according to Mark Fuerst,…

Webcast – Public Media Futures: The Future of Media Leadership

On June 14, 2013 at 9 a.m. EDT/6 a.m. PDT USC Annenberg's Center on Communication Leadership & Policy, in partnership with the American University School of Communication presents the fifth installment of Public Media Futures Forum. The latest in an ongoing series of Public Media Futures forums will spotlight, "The Future of Media Leadership." The June 14th roundtable discussion, "Public Media Futures: The Future of Media Leadership," will be hosted by the USC Annenberg's Center on Communication Leadership and Policy in conjunction with the American University's School of Communication, publisher of Current. The event will broadcast live on USTREAM: (9…

Art on Public Media ‘Anywhere and Anytime’ – but on a flat budget

WASHINGTON – The future of arts and culture on public media was the focus of a CCLP roundtable here on Wednesday, featuring leaders in broadcasting, on line and mobile media. The challenge, summarized by Alyce Myatt of the National Endowment for the Arts, is to present more culture from more artists on more platforms – "anywhere and anytime" – at a time when resources are not increasing. Click the following link for Myatt's report: Alyce Myatt presentation.pdf…

CCLP public media futures forum (part III) , "Understanding Revenue Potential"

On July 10, 2012 at 9 PT/Noon ET USC Annenberg's Center on Communication Leadership & Policy, in partnership with the American University School of Communication presents the third installment of Public Media Futures Forum at the University of Washington. The third installment of Public Media Future's focuses in on the question: "What are the revenue development opportunities of the next decade?" The previous forums successfully focused on innovations in public media business models featuring the industry's leading public media executives. For a previous account of the forum, click here. Virtual participants are encouraged to tune in and interact with the…

VIDEO – Public Media Futures Los Angeles Forum

Public Media Futures Los Angeles Forum USC Annenberg’s Center on Communication Leadership & Policy, in partnership with American University’s School of Communication presented a forum on the future of public media in an era of shrinking government support. The conversation focused on innovations in programming and new models for sustainable funding. Participants included top executives and programmers, including Bill Davis, president and CEO, KPCC/Southern California Public Radio; Al Jerome, president and CEO, KCET; Ed Miskevich, station manager, KOCE/PBS SoCal; Suzanne Marmion, news and editorial strategy director, KPBS-TV/FM. CCLP senior fellow Adam Clayton Powell III led the conversation together with Mark…

Public TV funding cuts fall unevenly across the U.S.; Fundraising criticized

WASHINGTON — Public broadcasting stations face a widely disparate landscape of funding cuts, according to participants at the CCLP Washington, D.C. forum in July. One significant variable is geography and politics – and the state where the station is located: Tom Thomas, who has studied public broadcasting funding for decades, noted that there are five states that devote $70 million to public TV and radio – more than $10 million per state, far more than the other 45 states. So if one of those five states were to cut funding significantly, or zero it out entirely, it would have a…

Media executives, policymakers and scholars assess public media’s future

Public broadcasting executives, journalists, policymakers, and others met in USC's Washington, DC office on Monday, July 25 to discuss growing threats to public broadcasting stations across the US. The program featured opening remarks by Geoffrey Cowan, director of the Center on Communication Leadership & Policy and was organized by Adam Clayton Powell III, CCLP's senior fellow who has served in top positions at several commercial and public news organizations. USC Annenberg's Dean Ernest J. Wilson III also participated in the forum. Tom Thomas, Co-CEO of Station Resource Group, observed that while public broadcasters have always had aspirations that exceeded available…

PBS loses a 4th station; public television local news commitment questioned

WASHINGTON — The Public Broadcasting System has been abandoned by a fourth station, WIPR-TV in San Juan, Puerto Rico. As previously reported, KCET-TV in Los Angeles dropped its PBS programming in January of this year. Two public television stations in Florida followed suit in early July. WIPR canceled its PBS affiliation after an unsuccessful year-long negotiation over the amount the station would pay for programming, according to an article in Current magazine. That was exactly the same pattern as in Los Angeles, according to KCET President and General Manager Al Jerome in an interview late last week with CCLP. In…

Fund cuts for public television lead to mergers; is there life after PBS?

WASHINGTON – Coping with reduced funding by state governments and other sources, public television stations are pursuing diverse options ranging from mergers and consolidation to dropping PBS network programs. As reported in early July, funding cuts led to the demise of the New Jersey Network of PBS stations, which were merged into New York's WNET. The station had earlier acquired WLIW on Long Island, so currently, WNET controls PBS programming on stations well to the east and south of New York City. New York is not unique: San Francisco's public television station, KQED, acquired KTEH, serving San Jose and the…

NJ Public Television Signs Off; Other PBS, NPR Stations Threatened by Cuts

WASHINGTON — While the nation celebrated the holiday weekend of independence, New Jersey's public television network signed off for the last time and many other PBS stations around the US may soon follow suit. The reason: cuts in funding from state governments across the country. As I had written about on the blog last December, NJN has finally come to the end of its broadcasting days. The final New Jersey newscast on NJN was Thursday night. At its end, viewers saw a simple sign, "New Jersey Network. April 5, 1971 – June 30, 2011." As of that night, 130 employees…