From Our President & CEO
As I write in early March, it certainly feels as if spring is arriving “like a lion” and we can only hope that it will go out “like a lamb.” Your public television stations are certainly springing forward with programming and events in April and May.
In March, CET and ThinkTV welcomed new Members and many others renewed their Membership support. Thank you to all who contribute to our stations! Your support truly makes all that we do possible. Support “from viewers like you” represents the single largest contribution to our annual budget, to the programming we broadcast and to the educational services we provide throughout the year.
Spring always seems a particularly active time at Public Media Connect. This year ThinkTV and CET will combine their annual auctions in a regional effort under the umbrella of the CET Action Auction. Look for the Auction on CET from Tuesday, April 23 through Saturday, April 27. The auction will also be broadcast on ThinkTV14 beginning at 9PM April 23 through 27. The auction will be livestreamed every day on both the www.CETconnect.org and www.thinktv.org websites.
Our fundraising, of course, has a single purpose: To bring you the very best programming on-air, on-line and on-demand. In April, a new multi-part adaptation of Les Miserables comes to Masterpiece, and Henry Louis Gates chronicles the history of the South and segregation in Reconstruction: America After the Civil War. There will be new offerings from American Masters on famed journalist and media mogul Joseph Pulitzer and on photographer Garry Winogrand, celebrated for his extraordinary work to capture the “street life” of New York. And a new “mini-series,” Breakthrough: The Ideas that Changed the World chronicles a remarkable history of human invention.
Nature will capture American Spring Live! over 3 nights; a season of birth and rebirth. Emilio and Gloria Estefan will be saluted with the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize, and the National Memorial Day Concert from Washington, D.C. will celebrate its 30th anniversary.
One final note, I’m pleased to note that the annual national survey on the media and institutions once again has ranked PBS and public television stations as the #1 most trusted nationally recognized institution. It’s the 16th consecutive year that public broadcasting has set the standard and earned the trust of the American people.
Once again, a sincere thank you for your support, trust – and for making so much possible for so many in our communities.
All the very best,
David M. Fogarty
President & CEO
CET & ThinkTV