RICHMOND, August 14, 2018 – The board of directors of Commonwealth Public Broadcasting Corporation (CPBC), known to listeners and viewers in Central Virginia as the “Community Idea Stations,” announced today that, in the wake of the creation of the Virginia Foundation for Public Media (VFPM), CPBC will be restructured and led by a newly created position, Chief Executive Officer of VFPM. Accordingly, the position of CEO of CPBC, currently held by Curtis Monk, has been eliminated, and senior station staff will report directly to the new VFPM CEO.
The boards of both CPBC and VFPM are engaged in a national search for a dynamic, visionary leader who will build upon the solid foundation that Mr. Monk built so capably over the past 13 years. Among his accomplishments, Mr. Monk successfully navigated the sale of spectrum of two of the company’s stations in Northern Virginia as part of an auction conducted by the FCC in February 2017. The spectrum sale generated $182 million.
CPBC Board Chair Josh Dare commented: “This is a new day for public broadcasting in Central Virginia, and the years ahead hold tremendous promise and potential. We are indebted to Curtis for his steady leadership, especially through challenging fiscal times, and we appreciate his many, many contributions to the Community Idea Stations. Among his most visible achievements are the recent expansion of our television footprint into the Shenandoah Valley and the doubling of our radio presence in Central Virginia.”
Curtis Monk remarked, “I’m proud to have helped create a culture of excellence that will endure for a long time to come. I have confidence that the Community Idea Stations is ready, willing, and able to move forward into a new chapter of great achievement. I will always have a deep and abiding affection and respect for the stations.”
Curtis Monk remains as CEO of CPBC through September 14 to help with the transition while a new CEO for the foundation is being sought. Bill Miller will serve as Interim Director of the Community Idea Stations.
Contact: Lisa Tait