Courting Future Business Models: Are Public Media and Scrappy Startups the Next Trend for Mergers?

FROM THE NIEMAN JOURNALISM LAB: In these potential pre-recession days, everyone is watching consolidations and combinations (and private equity purchases). But what about mergers — between public media and spry startups that keep the teams intact and the mission of impactful journalism alive? Colorado Public Radio’s scooping up Denverite from the promising Spirited Media flashed extra bright on much of Media Twitter’s radar, as it also signaled the end of Spirited Media’s

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New England Public Radio and WGBY Television Join Together to Create New England Public Media

Public Media Company helped plan and facilitate this innovative collaboration between New England Public Radio and WGBY Television, which will provide valuable service to Western Massachusetts. Public Media Company worked closely with license holder WGBH to develop the plan to expand capacity for journalism and multi-platform content across the state. Springfield, Mass., (April 11, 2019) – New England Public Radio and WGBY Public Television today

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For Sale: A Public Broadcasting Station Near You?

FROM JAN SCHAFFER, CPB OMBUDSMAN REPORTS: Last month, Alaska’s Gov. Mike Dunleavy proposed ending all state funding for public broadcasting, He is seeking to save $3.6 million to help close a $1.6 billion budget deficit. For the state’s 27 public radio stations, which provide emergency alerts as well as community news, it would be a double whammy. Even with extra federal support for their special

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NJTV News and NJ Spotlight Join Forces as WNET Acquires NJ Spotlight

Public Media Company served as a key advisor and facilitator of this acquisition, and believes it will provide great service to the residents of New Jersey. Underlining the importance of strong local news, this unique pairing of public television with an independent online news site will reach more residents and have greater impact. FROM NEW JERSEY PUBLIC MEDIA: Furthering its commitment to New Jersey public

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Creating a Capital Needs Plan for Indiana

Think collaboration, even when replacing broadcast infrastructure. Public Media Company recently developed a 5-year capital investment plan for Indiana Public Broadcasting Stations, a consortium of 11 public broadcasting entities that own and operate 32 radio and television signals in Indiana. Public Media Company surveyed the current state of broadcast and production equipment owned by IPBS members. We also documented a shared vision for future investments,

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The Public Media Futurists

VIA The Top 22: The Top 22 Players in Triple A and Adult Rock 2018 – #1 Our annual countdown of the people, organizations, ideas, and stories that had impact in 2018 continues with number 1… There are essentially two groups of people working on the future of Public Media: Group A is pretty big, and consists of people who talk a lot about the future

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Public Media Venture Group and Osborn Infrastructure Partner to Deploy Single Frequency Networks Nationwide

Las Vegas, NV (January 7, 2019) — The Public Media Venture Group and Osborn Infrastructure have launched a partnership to develop, own, and operate a nationwide network of converging technology infrastructure platforms, including Single Frequency Networks and Next-Gen Broadcast and Data Center Infrastructure. In addition, the two organizations are partnering to provide services to stations in support of their transition to ATSC 3.0, as well

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Public Media Company Appoints Erik Langner President

Boulder, CO. (December 18, 2018) –  Public Media Company is pleased to announce that Erik Langner has been promoted to President, Public Media Company. This increased responsibility acknowledges the key role that Langner has played in helping Public Media Company expand its goal of making public media more vibrant, indispensable, and accessible to all. With this move, Langner will take on responsibility for managing Public

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ATSC 3.0 One Year On: Are Broadcasters Ready?

FROM TV TECHNOLOGY: A year after the FCC gave U.S. broadcasters the green light to deploy ATSC 3.0, stations are ramping up their efforts to make the Next Gen TV standard a reality by 2020. Last month’s announcement of support from prominent station groups illustrated how far efforts have come in the past 12 months. At NAB Show New York, executives from Fox Television Stations;

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After Merger of PRI and PRX, ‘Both Companies Will Be Affected in Some Way’

FROM CURRENT: PRX and PRI are keeping their names for now, but changes are coming to the organization formed by their merger. Behind the scenes, executives are reviewing departments and evaluating staffers’ expertise to determine “the most efficient merger” and to “match people to the right roles based on our priorities,” said Kerri Hoffman, the former PRX CEO who holds the same position in the

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