Meetings

June 28-29, 2021

Jun 28, 2021 to Jun 29, 2021
Board Meeting

Resolutions:

RESOLUTION
PUBLIC SESSION
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
CORPORATION FOR PUBLIC BROADCASTING
WASHINGTON, D.C.
Monday, June 28, 2021

unanimously

WHEREAS,

            CPB management has developed a request for the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for an advance appropriation in support of the public broadcasting system for FY 2025 and the public broadcasting interconnection system and other infrastructure for FY 2023; and

WHEREAS,

            CPB management has briefed the Board of Directors and is consulting legislative staff on a legislative request to shift interconnection operational costs from CPB’s System Support “6%” fund because the separate interconnection and infrastructure appropriation now funds both capital and operating costs of the television and radio interconnection systems; and

WHEREAS,

            The Board of Directors has been briefed on CPB’s proposed monetary and legislative requests, and CPB management has consulted with public broadcasting system members to ensure a broad spectrum of system needs for providing service was considered; and

WHEREAS,

            CPB seeks to comply with the confidentiality of the OMB annual budget process by not releasing its budget request figures publicly until the President has delivered his budget request to Congress.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED,

            The Board of Directors authorizes CPB management to submit CPB’s general budget request for FY 2025, an interconnection system and infrastructure budget request for FY 2023, and a legislative request to OMB, provided that the legislative request to shift interconnection operational costs from the System Support fund to the separate interconnection and infrastructure appropriation shall be subject to the Board’s final review and authorization before its submission to Congress. 

Resolution Date: 
Monday, June 28, 2021

RESOLUTION
PUBLIC SESSION
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
CORPORATION FOR PUBLIC BROADCASTING
WASHINGTON, D.C.
Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Unanimously

RESOLVED,

The Board of Directors adopts the attached Goals and Objectives as revised.

GOALS & OBJECTIVES

I.        CONTENT AND SERVICES

GOAL: Promote an educated, informed and diverse civil society by supporting high-quality engaging content and services created, developed, executed by diverse talent at all levels and capacities, and delivered across multiple platforms.

To achieve this Goal, CPB will pursue the following objectives:

  1. Support the development and distribution of high-quality, noncommercial content and services with particular attention to the needs and interests of children, core public media communities, diverse audiences, and unserved and underserved communities and the public generally.
  2. Strengthen stations’ role as essential local and regional institutions and content providers. Support initiatives that enable stations to respond to and reflect the diversity of their communities through their content, personnel and boards.
  3. Facilitate the development and distribution of high-quality content, including news and information, that is accurate, fair, balanced, objective, transparent, and produced in a manner that is consistent with editorial integrity by all involved. Support efforts to ensure diversity and inclusion in public media newsrooms. Make such newsrooms accessible to the public on a reasonable basis.
  4. Provide parents, caregivers, teachers and students with diverse high-quality educational content and services that advance learning in all settings. Support efforts to build education partnerships at local and state levels.
  5. Facilitate the development of content created for and delivered across multimedia platforms by new diverse talent.

II.        INNOVATION

GOAL: Strengthen the quality of public media's content and services, and deepen the engagement with audiences and users, by supporting innovative projects.

To achieve this Goal, CPB will pursue the following objectives:

  1. Support the efforts of public media stations and producers to use multimedia platforms to serve and engage audiences diverse in age, gender, race, and ethnicity wherever, whenever and however they use, share and create media.
  2. Support public media efforts to develop strategies and seek to develop strategies to anticipate and respond to the rapidly changing ways in which people are using media.
  3. Advance public media’s role in providing emergency alerts by strengthening local and national partnerships and in seeking improved methods of delivering such information.

III.      SUPPORT FOR PUBLIC MEDIA

GOAL: Strengthen the quality of public media’s content and services by supporting strong public media entities that are vital to and reflective of the people they serve.

To achieve this Goal, CPB will pursue the following objectives:

  1. Promote and support collaborations and consolidations to increase capacity to provide essential and diverse service.
  2. Foster a public media workforce that includes the diverse backgrounds, talents and experiences of the American people.
  3. Support initiatives and projects that extend the reach of public media to new and more diverse users and creators of content.
  4. Work with public media organizations to increase and measure the impact of the services they provide as well as the awareness of the vital role that public media plays in helping communities address important local, regional and national issues contributing to the national dialogue.
  5. Support efforts to strengthen community engagement with diverse organizations and institutions.
Resolution Date: 
Tuesday, June 29, 2021

RESOLUTION
PUBLIC SESSION
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
CORPORATION FOR PUBLIC BROADCASTING
WASHINGTON, D.C.
Monday, June 28, 2021

unanimously

WHEREAS,

Following discussions with the 2019 Television Community Service Grant (CSG) Policy Review panel, CPB commissioned research regarding the optimal period of time that television Community Service Grant (CSG) recipients that have merged should continue to receive the base grants that would have been provided to each of the grantees before the merger; and

WHEREAS,

CPB engaged research firm Pacey Economics, Inc, and has considered the research findings; and

WHEREAS,

Based on those research findings, CPB management seeks authorization to modify TV CSG policy to set the number of years a second base grant be provided at pre-merger levels to merged television entities to four years. 

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED,

The CPB Board of Directors approves modifying TV CSG policy to set the number of years that CPB provides merging television CSG grantees with a second CSG base grant at pre-merger levels to four years. 

Resolution Date: 
Monday, June 28, 2021

RESOLUTION
PUBLIC SESSION
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
CORPORATION FOR PUBLIC BROADCASTING
WASHINGTON, D.C.
June 28, 2021

unanimously

WHEREAS,

In September 2019, the CPB Board approved TV Community Service Grant (CSG) policy changes that included the establishment of a $1 million Healthy Network Initiative to begin October 1, 2020, to support eligible grantees that strategically develop and use data to more effectively understand, engage, and serve their audiences more effectively.

WHEREAS,

Since that time, COVID-19 created unprecedented economic disruption across the
nation, challenging public television stations’ ability to maintain local programming
and services.

WHEREAS,

On May 5, 2020, the Board approved Management’s recommendation to postpone the launch of this initiative so that public television stations could focus on addressing their communities’ intensified educational, health and safety, and public information needs during the COVID-19 crisis.

WHEREAS,

This period of financial uncertainty and intensified provision of services continues.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT

The CPB Board of Directors hereby adopts CPB management’s recommendation to postpone the launch of the TV CSG Healthy Network Initiative from FY 2022 to
FY 2023; and retain for distribution through the television CSG pool the $1 million
that would have been allocated to the initiative in FY 2022. 

Resolution Date: 
Monday, June 28, 2021