Commonwealth Public Broadcasting Broadens TV Reach | Community Idea Stations


Commonwealth Public Broadcasting Broadens TV Reach


Community Idea Stations adds Harrisonburg and Charlottesville TV stations under its corporate umbrella

RICHMOND, Va., Nov. 15, 2017 – Commonwealth Public Broadcasting Corp. (CPBC), the nonprofit organization that broadcasts national and local public radio and television programs throughout Central Virginia known locally as the Community Idea Stations, has announced that WVPT-TV, the public television station based in Harrisonburg that delivers PBS and other educational programs through channels there and in Charlottesville, is consolidating its operations into CPBC.  The new entity will serve a population of nearly 1 million homes.

“Our commitment to Central Virginia also includes a broader commitment to the Commonwealth,” said Todd Stansbury, board chair for CPBC, “and by expanding into a contiguous market we not only have the opportunity to extend the impact of public media, but we also have the chance to accelerate our momentum toward creating an increasingly impactful and forward-looking public broadcasting enterprise.”

The board of Shenandoah Valley Educational Television Corporation (SVETC), which operates PBS-member station WVPT-TV in Harrisonburg and Charlottesville, voted to consolidate its operations with CPBC in order to strengthen its operational and strategic position moving forward.  The consolidation is expected to be completed from a regulatory standpoint next spring, but collaborative work has already begun.

“WVPT will maintain the integral relationship that we have had with the local community for the past half-century, but by now combining our resources with CPBC, we are building a stronger foundation on which to grow,” said Stephen Davis, SVETC board chair.  “In the face of new technology and the evolving viewing habits of audiences, this new relationship not only provides short-term stability but the prospects of helping shape the dynamic future that is public media.”  

The combined operation will be managed by Curtis Monk, President and CEO of CPBC.  Tony Mancari, who was President, CEO, and General Manager of WVPT-TV, will assume responsibility for a newly created asset-revenue business unit.  No other staff changes are planned for the immediate future.  

Paula Kerger, President of PBS, gave her enthusiastic stamp of approval.  “Congratulations to these two organizations for coming together for the greater good of the communities they serve.  I believe this partnership shows great promise and could serve as a model for other public media stations across the country.”

Three members of the SVETC board – Tassie Pippert, Jim Krauss, and Stephen Davis – will join the CPBC board.  No immediate staff changes are planned and all SVETC employees will join the CPBC family once regulatory reviews are completed.

The transaction is subject to approval by the Federal Communications Commission.  The parties expect to complete the consolidation in early 2018. 


Contact: Lisa Tait, Vice President for Development & Marketing, Community Idea Stations (804) 560-8142

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