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WQED PITTSBURGH APPROVES BALANCED BUDGET, SHOWCASES FINANCIAL SUSTAINABILITY AND ELECTS FIVE TO ITS BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
George L. Miles, Jr. Retires After 16 Years as President and CEO

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
September 23, 2010, 5:30 pm

CONTACT:
Rosemary Martinelli
412-622-6433
rmartinelli@wqed.org

George Hazimanolis
412-622-1366
ghazimanolis@wqed.org

WQED PITTSBURGH APPROVES BALANCED BUDGET, SHOWCASES FINANCIAL SUSTAINABILITY AND ELECTS FIVE TO ITS BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
George L. Miles, Jr. Retires After 16 Years as President and CEO

PITTSBURGH— At its annual meeting today, the WQED Multimedia Pittsburgh Board of Directors approved a balanced budget for Fiscal Year 2011 for the 56-year-old public services media company while also naming five key community leaders to its board and 11 to its community advisory board.

WQED’s annual meeting was held in The Fred Rogers Studio which is located at its Oakland headquarters.

The Board approved a $16.5 million budget for Fiscal Year 2011 which begins October 1. The budget forecasts a better-than-break-even result for the organization. In spite of all the economic challenges this year, the organization will finish its current fiscal year in the black. Board Chair Richard L. Stover noted that in spite of major economic challenges and the loss of state funding and the threat of federal funding cuts, WQED remains strong programmatically, financially and operationally with the close of Fiscal Year 2010 marking the 11th straight year that WQED generated net revenues from operations.

The annual meeting also marked a milestone: the close of the 16-year tenure of WQED President and CEO, George L. Miles, Jr. who officially retired today from the organization. The meeting also marked the recognition of Deborah L. Acklin as she begins to lead the nation’s first public service media organization as its new President and CEO.

“We’ve traveled down a very busy road together—all of us—throughout the last 16 years…and the result of that hard work is a strong and viable WQED that serves the community like no other media organization in this country,” Miles said. “There were many highs and lows along the way, but we always had our eye on the mountain top. We knew where we wanted to go and we depended on our members and supporters to help get us there,” he added.

Acklin also expressed pride in being one of the first Pittsburgh natives to lead WQED Pittsburgh.

“This is YOUR organization,” Acklin said, “and I have just been entrusted to lead it with you. There is no challenge too big or opportunity too small for us to tackle together. My love for everything Pittsburgh—and that especially includes WQED—and my respect for the dedication of the thousands of viewers, listeners and members is something that I will keep close to my heart and in direct sight of every decision I make. I thank you for this opportunity and I will not let you down,” she added.

New board members elected to a three-year term today were:
- Daria C. Crawley, Associate Professor of Management, Robert Morris University
- Nancy Moulton, Business Consultant
- Edward Neff, President (ret), The Compass Company
- Cynthia Shapira, Management Consultant
- Velma Monteiro-Tribble, Community Volunteer

Richard L. Stover, Managing Principal of Birchmere Capital, remains as chair of the board and Debra L. Caplan, Senior Vice President of Allegheny General Hospital, remains as Vice Chair.

Outgoing board members named to the WQED Honor Board were:
- Joseph Platt

WQED’s Board of Directors also approved 11 new members to its Community Advisory Board (CAB):
- Kenya Boswell, BNY Mellon
- Ondrea Burton, Allegheny County Department of Human Services
- Nathan Croumer, Attorney
- Nina Pasini Deibler, SERCO, Inc.
- Ed Gainey, City of Pittsburgh
- Mark Jones, Office of Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato
- Dolores Nypaver, Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh
- Judy O’Connor, Highmark Foundation/The Caring Place
- Colleen McMullen Smith, Carnegie Mellon University
- Donna Taylor, Independent Marketing Consultant
- Bernadette Turner, Addison Behavioral Care

WQED Pittsburgh, honored with the 2007 and 2006 Mid-Atlantic Emmy® Award for Station Excellence, was founded in 1954 as the nation’s first community-supported broadcaster. The people of WQED create, produce and distribute quality programs, products and services to engage, inform, educate and entertain the public within their community and around the world. WQED Pittsburgh is one of the first broadcasters in the country to be fully high-definition (HD) in its studio and field production capabilities. It is the parent company of WQED-TV (PBS); WQED: The Neighborhood Channel; WQED: The Create Channel; WQEX-TV (A ShopNBC affiliate); Classical WQED-FM 89.3/Pittsburgh; Classical WQEJ-FM 89.7/Johnstown; local and national television and radio productions; WQED Interactive (www.wqed.org); and The WQED Education Department.

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