From Our President & CEO
With spring just around the corner, let’s hope for some much needed sunshine and warmer weather (both are in short supply as I write in late January).
In March, Public Media Connect conducts our most important membership campaign of the year. As we ask current Members to renew their generous support, we hope others will join you in supporting the most widely-used non-profit service throughout our region. In the weeks ahead we’ll be asked to make commitments to PBS and others for future programming. Your membership support really does make those commitments and that programming possible.
And speaking of programming, I hope you will find much to watch and enjoy on your public television stations in the coming weeks. Historian and author, Niall Ferguson explores how the Internet and social media have impacted our world in his three-part series, Networld. Discover what people do for faith in some of the most sacred places on Earth with the premiere of Earth’s Sacred Wonders. And the return of Call the Midwife for its ninth season finds the familiar team of medics and midwives facing unexpected challenges as the population shifts, rules change and old diseases come back to haunt them.
Music is well represented this month with The Best of Celtic Women, as well as performances of Duran Duran, Mumford & Sons, Brit Floyd, Michael Buble, Il Divo, Lional Richie and more. And you can enjoy an all-star musical tribute as Garth Brooks receives the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.
Looking ahead to April, the CET/ThinkTV Action Auction will air April 20th – 25th. More information on this first-ever regional Action Auction can be found here.
This year marks the 50th Anniversary of PBS, the public television collective of stations that voluntary viewer support really makes possible. Earlier in January, PBS President Paula Kerger announced the launch of PBS AMERICAN PORTRAIT, “the signature programming initiative of our 50th anniversary.” AMERICAN PORTRAIT is a digital-first, national storytelling project that invites people to participate in a conversation about what it really means to be an American today. PBS will gather their stories through photo, video and written submissions and then share those stories through digital platforms, events and educational resources for the classroom, as well as a multi-part broadcast event in 2021.
Thanks to you and your generous support, there’s much to watch and enjoy on CET and ThinkTV this month – and well into the future.
All the very best,
David M. Fogarty
President & CEO
CET & ThinkTV