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VPT Is Cooperating With CPB to Address Allegations

Colchester, VT (January 8, 2014) - Vermont Public Television, a member station of PBS, is addressing accusations that its Board of Directors violated open meeting mandates set by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the largest single source of funding for public media and the source of nearly 16% of VPT’s annual operating budget. The allegations were filed anonymously with CPB in late December 2013.

Vermont Public Television and its Board take these claims seriously and will cooperate fully with CPB in its investigation. John King, President and CEO of VPT, noted, “As a public institution, we’re committed to openness. We’re working diligently to reach a speedy resolution that fosters continued transparency.”

Tom Pelletier, Chair of the Board Audit Committee and a spokesman of the Board, added, “We’re currently in the process of working with CPB to ensure we conduct the business of the Board as openly as possible. Our audience and donors should be confident that if any missteps are identified, they will be immediately addressed.”

Vermont Public Television is Vermont’s statewide link to PBS and local programs that reach more than 600,000 viewers each week.

The Board of Directors Chairwoman is Pam Mackenzie of South Burlington. Rob Hofmann of Waterbury serves as Vice Chair.

Vermont This Week will address the issue during its regularly scheduled broadcast on Friday, Jan 10, at 7:30pm.

Please direct all inquiries to Elizabeth Metraux, Chief Communications and PR Officer, at (802) 473-0723 or emetraux@vpt.org. Communications with the VPT Board of Directors should be addressed to Tom Pelletier.


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