Authorization

8 in favor, 1 absent

RESOLVED,

That the Board of Directors of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting hereby authorizes CPB management to negotiate and enter into a contract with the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System for the National Center for Media Engagement (NCME) for an amount not to exceed $5.7 million over a three-year period.

Resolution Date: 
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Unanimously

WHEREAS,

CPB management, in consultation with representatives from the public broadcasting system, has developed a request for the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for appropriations in support of public broadcasting's digital needs for FY 2011, as well as an advance appropriation for the public broadcasting system for FY 2013; and

WHEREAS,

The Board of Directors has been briefed on the CPB's proposed request and CPB management has consulted with our public broadcasting system members to ensure that a broad spectrum of public broadcasting needs for providing service to the American public was considered; and

WHEREAS,

CPB seeks to comply with the confidentiality of the OMB annual budget process by not releasing its budget request figures 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 appropriations request to OMB.

Resolution Date: 
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Seven in favor, one absent

RESOLVED,

That the Board of Directors of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting authorizes CPB management to enter into a contract with SoundExchange for an amount not to exceed $2,880,000 for a webcasting license agreement for the benefit of public broadcasting stations.

Resolution Date: 
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Seven in favor, one absent

RESOLVED,

That the Board of Directors of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting hereby authorizes CPB management to conclude negotiations and enter into a contract that will not exceed $2,000,000 with the Public Broadcasting Service for the HDTV Time Zone Delay Server agreement on behalf of public broadcasting.

Resolution Date: 
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Unanimously

WHEREAS,

The Communications Act of 1934 (the "Act"), as amended, authorizes CPB to assist in the establishment and development of one or more interconnection systems to be used for the distribution of public telecommunications services so that all public telecommunications entities may disseminate such services at times chosen by the entities (47 U.S.C. Sec. 396(g)(1) (B)); and

WHEREAS,

The Act also established a Satellite Interconnection Fund for satellite interconnection systems and associated maintenance of such systems (47 U.S.C. Sec. 396 (k)(10)); and

WHEREAS,

CPB has to date received funds from the Secretary of the Treasury, in the amount of $26,282,678 in FY 2008, for the purpose of replacing, refurbishing, and/or upgrading the national public radio satellite interconnection system; and

WHEREAS,

CPB is accountable for the expenditure of all public funds appropriated to it, including those for satellite interconnection replacement and maintenance, to assure that they are spent properly for the purposes intended and in the furtherance of the goals established by Congress for public broadcasting; and

WHEREAS,

The licensees and permittees of noncommercial educational radio broadcast stations providing public telecommunications services have designated National Public Radio ("NPR") as their national entity for interconnection purposes; and

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT

The Board authorizes the President and CEO to enter into an agreement with NPR for the design, replacement, refurbishment and maintenance of the Public Radio Satellite System ("PRSS"), which is currently estimated at $73,000,000, and to transfer funds under such agreement to NPR from special public radio satellite interconnection appropriations and interest earned thereon. CPB shall not be obligated to provide additional funding from sources other than those special appropriations and interest. CPB management shall ensure that NPR shall be obligated under the agreement to provide basic interconnection services to all public radio stations regardless of receipt of additional special Federal appropriations.

Resolution Date: 
Friday, April 11, 2008
Unanimously

WHEREAS,

The Audit and Finance Committee is responsible for the Corporation's relationship with its external auditors and recommending to the Board either the retention of the Corporation's auditors or the selection of new auditors.

WHEREAS,

The Audit and Finance Committee has recommended the engagement of BDO Seidman to conduct the Corporation's audit and to provide related services for fiscal years 2007, 2008, and 2009.

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED,

The CPB Board authorizes the CPB President and CEO to negotiate and enter into an agreement with the audit firm BDO Seidman for the services and fiscal years as recommended by the Audit and Finance Committee.

Resolution Date: 
Monday, February 5, 2007
Unanimously

WHEREAS,

CPB has been awarded funding from the U.S. Department of Education for the next five-year cycle of Ready To Learn; and

WHEREAS,

CPB management recommends the engagement of PBS for comprehensive and coordinated Ready To Learn content distribution and a supporting awareness campaign about the benefits of Ready To Learn content.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT:

The CPB Board of Directors hereby authorizes management to negotiate and, if contractual terms satisfactory to management are reached, enter into an agreement with the PBS for the matters identified in the attached memorandum.

Resolution Date: 
Monday, September 18, 2006
Unanimously

WHEREAS,

The last will and testament of the late Georgina M. Hecker of Roslyn, New York, names CPB as a potential beneficiary, but under terms which cannot take effect without a judicial interpretation, and the Executor of Ms. Hecker's estate has asked CPB to execute a Waiver and Consent, approved by its Board of Directors, endorsing a petition to the Surrogate's Court of Nassau County, New York, to construe the will in favor of CPB and other potential beneficiaries; and

WHEREAS,

CPB Management recommends approval of the Waiver and Consent based on the advice of General Counsel that the Waiver and Consent poses no risk to CPB and is the most effective means of qualifying CPB as a potential beneficiary of Ms. Hecker's estate.

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED,

That the Board of Directors authorizes the Corporate Secretary to execute and affix the corporate seal to the attached Waiver and Consent to be filed in the Surrogate's Court of Nassau County, New York.

Resolution Date: 
Monday, September 18, 2006
5 in favor, 1 absent

WHEREAS,

CPB has been awarded funding from the U.S. Department of Education for the next five-year cycle of Ready To Learn; and

WHEREAS,

CPB management recommends the engagement of a leading research expert to conduct essential studies about the educational impact of the new content on children's learning; and

WHEREAS,

CPB management recommends the engagement of PBS for comprehensive and coordinated Ready To Learn content distribution and a supporting awareness campaign about the benefits of Ready To Learn content.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT:

The CPB Board of Directors hereby authorizes management to negotiate and, if contractual terms satisfactory to management are reached, enter into agreements with the entities identified in the attached memorandum.

Resolution Date: 
Tuesday, July 18, 2006
5 in favor, 1 absent

WHEREAS,

The Audit and Finance Committee is responsible for the Corporation's relationship with its external auditors and recommending to the Board either the retention of the Corporation's auditors or the selection of new auditors.

WHEREAS,

The Audit and Finance Committee has recommended the engagement of BDO Seidman to CPB's FY 2006 audit.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED,

The CPB Board authorizes the CPB President and CEO to negotiate and enter into an agreement with the audit firm BDO Seidman for CPB's next audit engagement.

Resolution Date: 
Tuesday, July 18, 2006