Recent Communications to General Managers – June 2018

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Recent Communications to General Managers – June 2018

Following are recent email communications sent to station general managers.

Subject: PBS Policy on Member Station Accounts Receivable
From: Afsaneh Beschloss, Chair, Finance Committee of the PBS Board
Date: Wed 6/27/2018 10:21 AM
Attachment: PBS Policy on Member Station Accounts Receivable - Eff 7.1.18 with Exhibit A

Pursuant to its charter, the Finance Committee (the “Committee”) of the PBS Board of Directors is responsible for reviewing and making recommendations to the full Board on assessment and pricing policies, including early and late payment policies, for member stations, programming and other services. Accordingly, the Committee is responsible for the ongoing development of the PBS Policy on Member Station Accounts Receivable (the “Policy”). The Policy covers the general principles governing the relationship between PBS and its member stations, sets forth business rules, and describes the overall guidelines concerning administration of delinquent accounts.

A copy of the current Policy, as well as a copy of Exhibit–A, “Annual Dues Billing, Discount and Late Fee Schedule – Fiscal Year 2019" are attached for your reference. Please note that no changes were made to the Policy or the late fee or discount rates for FY 2019.

Please distribute this memorandum and attachments to the finance, accounting, and business office staff within your organization who have a need for this information. The attachments can also be found on the Station Management Center website ( section entitled “Dues Background and Billing Info.”

If you have any questions, please contact PBS Chief Financial Officer Tom Tardivo at 703-739-5299 or


Subject: PBS Board Election
From: Shae Hopkins, Chair, PBS Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee
To: PBS Professional Representatives
cc: Members of the PBS Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee;
PBS Board of Directors
Date: Fri 6/22/2018 10:10 AM
Attachments: PBS Election Process 2018; General Managers, updated June 2018

Professional Director Slate
On behalf of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, I write to report that, after thorough review and careful consideration, the Committee has developed the following slate of candidates (in alphabetical order) who will stand for election to the SIX open professional director seats on the PBS Board in 2018:

- Deb Acklin, WQED/Pittsburgh, PA
- Ronnie Agnew, Mississippi Public Broadcasting/Jackson, MS (incumbent)
- Rob Dunlop, Cascade Public Media/Seattle, WA
- Susi Elkins, WKAR/East Lansing, MI
- Kim Johnson, Colorado Public Television/Denver, CO (incumbent)
- Kliff Kuehl, KCPT/Kansas City, MO (incumbent)
- Kevin Martin, Ideastream WVIZ/Cleveland, OH
- Tom Rieland, WOSU/Columbus, OH (incumbent)

The PBS By-Laws provide that PBS members may petition to include additional professional director candidates on the slate. The petition and election processes are described in the attachment to this message, and a list of the system General Managers is attached for your convenience.

The election will take place via online ballot July 26-August 16, 2018, and new directors will be seated at the Board’s September 26, 2018 meeting.


Subject: PBS Station vMVPD Survey and FAQ - Deadline June 29
From: Ira Rubenstein
Date: Wed 6/13/2018 4:36 PM
Attachment: Skinny Bundle FAQ For Stations

Dear Colleagues:

At this year’s Annual Meeting, I shared information about PBS’ current exploration of the vMVPD space (aka “skinny Bundles”). During the GM meeting and the session that followed, we looked at the potential of these platforms, the challenges that come with them, and the possible approaches for making local and national content available.

Ensuring audiences can connect with your station and your content is a critical part of any evaluation we do of new platforms. Equally as important is giving everyone a chance to share their thoughts and concerns, which is why we are asking you to take a brief survey to inform next steps.

PBS Station vMVPD Survey and FAQ
This survey is designed to help us understand the features that are most important to you, as well as the biggest challenges you may have with making your content available on vMVPD platforms. We have created an FAQ to hopefully answer any questions you may have. I highly recommend getting familiar with the FAQ prior to filling out the survey. It is important to understand the complex nature of these platforms and the station resource requirements for each option. Here are the survey details:

Survey Link:
Survey Due Date: June 29, 2018
FAQ: Attached and available here for download (
Recommended Participants: Include your Engineers and Programmers in the survey

I would like to extend a special thank you to our station working committee on this project (Georgia Public Broadcasting, Lakeland PBS, Idaho PTV, KUED, KQED, WGBH, and WNET). This group has generously volunteered their time to help devise the various options you will see in the FAQ and survey, and they will continue to help us chart a path forward in this space.

If you have any questions regarding the vMVPDs, the survey, or our process moving forward, please feel free to reach out. Thank you to everyone for interest in the topic and offering your perspectives. I look forward to hearing more of your feedback.


Ira Rubenstein
Chief Digital & Marketing Officer, PBS
2100 Crystal Drive
Arlington, VA 22202
P: 703.739.5145


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