From Our President & CEO
This past year marked the 10th anniversary of the innovative partnership between CET and ThinkTV and its regional organization, Public Media Connect, Inc. (PMC), serving the Greater Cincinnati and Dayton communities.
Public Media Connect’s mission is to strengthen the communities we serve through programs that inspire and inform, educate and engage, fostering citizenship and culture, the joy of learning and the power of diverse perspectives. It is this purpose that guides us and makes PMC an essential community resource.
In 2019, your public television stations offered extraordinary access to unique programming and educational services to the more than 3.5 million people of our region. During the past year, CET and ThinkTV were watched in almost 90 percent of all television households. Our educational services reached learners of all ages – and the schools and teachers that serve them.
We are, after all, your local public and educational television stations. In addition to an extensive multi-channel programming service featuring arts and culture, science and nature, documentaries and public affairs, we continued our commitment to creating local programming that captures the stories and life of Cincinnati and Dayton. This past year, our ongoing series, The Art Show and SHOWCASE with Barbara Kellar, premiered new programs and were complemented by the production of a number of special broadcasts, a variety of educational resources and other on-air and non-broadcast initiatives. Our programs and staff were nominated for 11 Ohio Valley Regional Emmy Awards.
In education, we worked with partners to continue the national American Graduate initiative, which focused on the success of all students. We reached more than 2,000 childcare providers with essential training and the Southwestern Ohio instructional Technology Association (SOITA), a PMC member organization, reached school districts near and far with an array of professional development offerings that “teach teachers to teach with technology”.
In 2019, national studies confirmed that public television, including stations like CET and ThinkTV, is the most trusted media in the nation: The fairest network for news and public affairs. The safest on-air and online destination for our children. The most valued source of educational resources for schools and teachers.
Above all, we continued to be accountable to you. None of our services to the community would be possible without the generous network of individuals, foundations, businesses and organizations that have partnered with us to fund, produce and deliver these regional initiatives, programs and educational resources. It is that community engagement and your support that gives us purpose.
Thank you and Happy Holidays.
David M. Fogarty
President & CEO
CET & ThinkTV