Corporation for Public Broadcasting to conduct “routine” audit of ValleyPBS – GV Wire



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The Corporation for Public Broadcasting is preparing to conduct an audit of ValleyPBS, Valley’s public broadcasting station, board members learned at Thursday’s annual meeting at the station’s headquarters in downtown Fresno.

The company, which provides financial support to KVPT through its annual community service grant, periodically audits all public broadcasting stations, and “they ultimately made it to Fresno,” said Vicki Clark, who provides accounting and financial services to ValleyPBS through a contract with the National Educational Telecommunications Association.

Nancy Borjas, the station’s chief operating officer, said the CPB’s audit will look at the station’s finances, which are the basis for determining the amount of the CPB’s community service subsidy. The audit will also examine whether the station is in compliance with the requirements of the Federal Communications Act for public posting of meetings, job descriptions and other reports required for the station’s public records during the two last years.

The CPB audit is being conducted at the same time as the station’s annual audit which is due to start in October, she said.

Non-compliance issues expressed

Community members and critics had expressed concerns over whether the station was in compliance with Corporation for Public Broadcasting and Federal Communications Commission regulations regarding unbiased programming, diversity, hiring and publishing. of public documents.

Concerns were also raised about the low number of members of the board, which according to its own regulations is supposed to have 16 members but this year has fallen to six, and the citizens’ advisory council which is supposed to be made up of 17 residents of the seven – the county area stretching from Merced County to Kern County.

Some of these concerns are starting to be taken into account. Thursday’s annual meeting brought news of four new members joining the ValleyPBS board of directors and seven to eight new member nominations for the Citizen Advisory Board.

The four new directors are Ralph Goldbeck, an architect and businessman from Fresno; former Fresno city councilor Clint Olivier; Marcelino Valdez Jr., financial advisor and vice president of the Central Valley region of the Republican Party of California; and Jill Poulsen, founder of TreeHouse Nursery School in Clovis.

Valdez was elected to the executive cabinet of the board, along with new chairman Jody Graves, vice chairman Deborah Lagomarsino and director Celeste Barron.

The station’s interim CEO / chairman Jeff Aiello was not present at the meeting due to illness, Borjas said.

The search for a new CEO continues

Karen Musson, Past Chair of the Board of Directors. reported on the station’s search for a new CEO / chairman, which she said drew responses from across the country. So far, of the 34 applicants, 17 have been selected and six have been interviewed, Musson said.

ValleyPBS will air a new locally produced program, tentatively titled “Roy’s World” and hosted by the station’s programming and promotion coordinator, Roy Sizemore. The program will explore the valley in much the same way the late Huell Howser did with the entire state of California in his beloved series, “California’s Gold”.

She noted that the research has been going on for 60 days and is expected to end next month.

However, the post was only published on the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s online job site on August 30.

The search committee was “very, very impressed with the quality of the nominations,” said Graves.

Former interim CEO Lorenzo Rios abruptly left the station at the end of March to resume his full-time role as CEO of the Clovis Veterans Memorial District. Aiello, who has been appointed to replace him and is looking to fill the position on a permanent basis, continues to produce programming for the station.

The board also heard reports from Clark on station finances and from station staff members, pledges and donors, facility issues and upcoming programming.

ValleyPBS will air a new locally produced program, tentatively titled “Roy’s World” and hosted by the station’s programming and promotion coordinator, Roy Sizemore. The program will explore the valley in much the same way the late Huell Howser did with the entire state of California in his beloved series, “California’s Gold”.

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