WQED’S DEBORAH ACKLIN ELECTED TO BOARD OF ASSOCIATION OF PUBLIC TELEVISION STATIONS AND BOARD OF PUBLIC TELEVISION MAJOR MARKET GROUP
PITTSBURGH — Deborah L. Acklin, President and Chief Executive Officer of WQED Multimedia, has been elected to the Board of Trustees of the Association of Public Television Stations (APTS) and to the Board of the Public Television Major Market Group.
Ms. Acklin has served in multiple executive roles in public broadcasting, the cable television industry and commercial broadcasting. At WQED Multimedia, she manages or has managed the operations, strategies and fundraising to create original multi-platform content distributed across four television channels, three radio signals, an interactive Web-based learning channel, an interactive global media distribution portal, an education department, a publishing division, and PBS, NPR and their member stations.
In addition to Ms. Acklin, the newly-elected APTS trustees are: Mendy Elliott, Chair, KNPB Public Broadcasting, Reno, Nevada; Kliff Kuehl, President and Chief Executive Officer, KCPT, Kansas City, Missouri; Bert Schmidt, President and Chief Executive Officer, WHRO, Norfolk, Virginia; and Gail Mendelson Sterman, Board of Trustees, WJCT, Jacksonville, Florida.
Additionally, Ms. Acklin has been named to the Board of the Public Television Major Market Group, which meets quarterly.
Public Television Major Market Group, LLC is a leadership organization of full-service PBS stations located in the top 30 U.S. media markets and are particularly interested in building engaged and significant stations in the communities they serve. Their current Community's Agenda initiative aims at building cross-market partnerships with stations and non-profits in three subject areas.
About WQED Multimedia
WQED Multimedia has a proud history of honors, including 140 National and Mid-Atlantic Emmy® Awards, an Academy Award, and many, many others, including two Emmy® Awards for Station Excellence. WQED was founded in 1954 as the nation’s first community-supported broadcaster. WQED changes lives by creating and sharing outstanding public media that educates, entertains, and inspires. It is the parent company of WQED-TV (PBS); WQED: The Neighborhood Channel; WQED: The Create Channel; WQED Showcase; Classical WQED-FM 89.3/Pittsburgh; Classical WQEJ-FM 89.7/Johnstown; the Pittsburgh Concert Channel at WQED-HD2 (89.3-2FM) and online at www.wqed.org/fm; local and national television and radio productions; WQED Interactive (www.wqed.org) and iQ: smartmedia, WQED’s Educational initiative (www.wqed.org/edu).
The Association of Public Television Stations (APTS) is a nonprofit membership organization established in 1979. The mission of APTS is to conduct – in concert with member stations – advocacy, planning, research, communications and other activities that foster a strong and financially sound public television system providing essential public services to all Americans. Its affiliate APTS Action Inc. promotes the legislative and regulatory interests of noncommercial television stations at the national level through direct advocacy and through grasstops and grassroots campaigns designed to garner bipartisan congressional support. For more information, visit www.apts.org.