Authorization

Unanimously

WHEREAS,

in 1981, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting signed an agreement with the Annenberg School of Communications (ASC) under which the ASC agreed to provide the Corporation with $10 million a year for 15 years in exchange for which the Corporation would establish the Annenberg/CPB Project. The goals of the Project are: (1) to create one or more significant collections of new, innovative, high quality college level materials; and (2) to demonstrate the use of communications systems for addressing unique higher education problems; and

WHEREAS,

the Board recognizes with gratitude that the generosity of Ambassador Walter H. Annenberg, through the agreement with the ASC, enables the Annenberg/CPB Project to serve millions of America's formal and informal learners each year through its financing of television-based courses and other related materials and demonstration activities; and

WHEREAS,

the Annenberg/CPB Project has been a source of great pride to CPB, enabling it to make television and audio courses available to an estimated 1.5 million college students each year, in 2,000 of the nation's 3,000 colleges and universities, either as independent courses for credit or as complementary materials in their on-campus courses; to provide hundreds of hours of television programming for broadcast by public television stations to approximately 7.5 million viewers each week of the academic year; and to finance demonstration activities to help higher education use the growing array of telecommunications and information technologies to enhance both the numbers of students served and the quality of education available to all; and

WHEREAS, the Board was dismayed to learn of the intention of the Annenberg Foundation, successor in interest to the ASC, not to continue with its commitment to provide funds to the Corporation for use by the Annenberg/CPB Project; and

WHEREAS,

the Board considers the development and maintenance of an activity at CPB that provides support for higher education through public telecommunications and enables Americans to acquire a college-level education, either as formally enrolled students or as informal learners, to be a substantial way for CPB to execute its authorities granted under the Public Broadcasting Act.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT:

in light of the announcement by the Annenberg Foundation of its intention to discontinue support of the Annenberg/CPB Project, Management is authorized to take all actions it deems necessary, in any forum and by all appropriate means, to restore financial support for the Corporation's initiatives for support of higher education through public telecommunications. Management is directed to notify the Board on a timely basis of all actions taken pursuant to this authority.

Resolution Date: 
Monday, March 19, 1990
Unanimously

UNANIMOUSLY

WHEREAS,

For CPB's annual public television and public radio station grants review, Management has reviewed the record of previous Community Service Grant (CSG) and National Program Production and Acquisition Grant (NPPAG) reviews; conducted in-depth discussions on the Radio Sole Service Assistance Grant (SSAG); utilized separate radio and television advisory committees; consulted with stations and representation organizations at regional and national meetings; sent a written discussion of the issues to each station for response; and

WHEREAS,

As the result of this year's review, for FY 1991, Management has recommended:

increasing the television minimum nonfederal funding requirement from $300,000 to $450,000;

allowing separately programmed stations in the same market that are licensed to the same entity to earn and use the grants under certain circumstances;

reducing the "network programming repeat" requirement from 75% to 50%;

re-wording the nonduplication policy to focus on audience diversification rather than program nonduplication;

using the CSG and NPPAG funds to assist with radio expansion; and

changing the amount of the SSAG from the cost of full participation in the public radio interconnection system to the equivalent of the base NPPAG and the minimum distribution and interconnection fee.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT:

The CPB Board of Directors hereby adopts Management's recommendations regarding the FY 1991 CSG, NPPAG and SSAG Programs, and authorizes implementation of those grant programs as detailed in the document attached hereto and dated January 5, 1990.

Resolution Date: 
Tuesday, January 23, 1990
Unanimously

WHEREAS,

CPB is committed to the goal of developing and expanding public telecommunications and the diversity of its programming to serve as many of the citizens of the United States as possible; and

WHEREAS,

CPB Management has undertaken, in conjunction and cooperation with studies on public radio expansion and audience building being conducted by public radio, a year-long study of what role, if any, CPB could have in assisting in efforts to expand the reach of public radio while, at the same time, preserving the strength and service of the current public radio stations; and

WHEREAS,

CPB Management has recommended that CPB concentrate on three specific areas regarding public radio expansion:

Assist with the establishment of new public radio stations or the extension of distant public radio signals into unserved areas that have the population and economic base to reasonably support the service;

Assist in the provision of diversified programming services to or by public radio stations; and

Assist minority-controlled public radio stations to maintain and improve programming services; and

WHEREAS,

CPB Management has conducted a system-wide consultation on public radio expansion, and a review of station support grants, and has participated on the Public Radio Expansion Task Force, and recommends establishing two new radio station grant programs, two new expansion-related projects, the extension of certain existing CSG grantee benefits to expansion stations and the undertaking of special audience building and diversification research and programming activities.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT:

The CPB Board of Directors endorses the policies and concepts on radio expansion contained in the attached document, titled "Public Radio Expansion" and dated January 5, 1990, and authorizes Management to take such steps as are necessary to implement those policies and concepts in the appropriate manner.

Resolution Date: 
Tuesday, January 23, 1990
Unanimously

WHEREAS,

The Inspector General's Amendments Act of l988 (P.L. 100-504) ("Act") included CPB in a group of organizations called "designated federal entities" and imposed on these entities the obligations described in the Act; and

WHEREAS,

The Act describes certain responsibilities for the "head" of each "designated federal entity" (defined as any person or persons designated by statute as the head of the designated agency) including establishing the office of Inspector General, supervising it and providing it with direct access to the "head" for any purpose pertaining to its performance of functions; and

WHEREAS,

According to the laws of the District of Columbia under which CPB is incorporated, the CPB Board is the chief policy making entity at CPB, and therefore would be considered the "head" of CPB in its status as a "designated federal entity" for purposes of the Act; and

WHEREAS,

Efficient management of CPB and effective supervision of any CPB Inspector General and compliance with any provisions of the Act which are applicable to CPB requires a day-to-day supervision that the Board cannot provide.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT:

The Board hereby designates and delegates to the CPB President the authority to act as "head" of CPB in its status as a "designated federal entity" and solely for the purposes described in the Act.

Resolution Date: 
Saturday, February 18, 1989
Unanimously

RESOLVED,

that the Board authorizes Management to negotiate and execute the best possible real estate agreement for CPB consistent with the rankings of the building proposals recommended by Management: 901 E Street, N.W.; 1215 Eye Street, N.W.; 1111 16th Street, N.W.; and 400 Third Street, S.W.

Resolution Date: 
Monday, September 26, 1988
Unanimously

RESOLVED,

that the Board authorizes Management to make adjustments in the FY 1988 CPB Operating Budget by making accruals to address added expenses and to increase the overall FY 1988 budget by not more than 10 percent, to be offset by interest income for FY 1988.

Resolution Date: 
Monday, September 26, 1988
Unanimously

WHEREAS,

The Board has learned that the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Communications is considering amendments to the Public Broadcasting Act that would destroy CPB's ability to respond to the changing needs of the American people through public broadcasting by severely restricting CPB's independence and discretion over programming funds for public television and radio, and that would undermine the integrity of the balanced structure Congress put in place, after careful study, to administer its support for public broadcasting; and

WHEREAS,

the proposed amendments would dramatically reduce the capacity to provide the American people with new, innovative and creative programming they expect from public broadcasting, and would prevent CPB from marshaling the resources to initiate new areas of program services, as it did with community outreach programming, children's programming, American drama, public affairs and documentaries, and other programming that could not have been started if CPB had not reallocated discretionary funds to meet those needs; and

WHEREAS,

the proposed amendments would virtually eliminate the largest single source of public broadcasting programming funds for use by minority, ethnic, women and independent producers to bring their significant work and diverse perspectives to American audiences; and

WHEREAS,

if it had not been for the existence of one organization, CPB, with total discretion over a large pool of program money, which was used to take the initiative to stimulate matching funds from the public broadcasting system, most of the mainstays of the public broadcasting program schedule, which are so important to the American people, would not exist today; and

WHEREAS,

the proposed amendments would force unnecessarily the dispersal of scarce national program production dollars in the hope that they will be reaggregated in other institutions, raising serious uncertainty as to whether that reaggregation will take place and requiring that programming dollars be diverted to meet the administrative costs of such reaggregation, when the CPB administrative structure is already in place and operating efficiently; and

WHEREAS,

the proposed amendments would make it impossible for CPB to exercise all it s obligations under the Act to facilitate the full development of public telecommunications and to do so in a way that will most effectively assure the maximum freedom of the public telecommunications entities and systems from interference with, or control of, program content or other activities; and

WHEREAS,

the proposed amendments would place CPB in the intolerable position of being fully accountable to Congress and the American people for the prudent and financially responsible expenditure of funds appropriated to it, but without the necessary authority and discretion to execute that responsibility; and

WHEREAS,

despite the fact that the current CPB structure and mandate can adequately address all of the matters of apparent concern to the Subcommittee, it did not consult with CPB before proposing these amendments to CPB's authorizing statute.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT:

the Board expresses it s serious and unalterable opposition to the amendments to the Public Broadcasting Act being proposed by the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and calls on the Subcommittee to withdraw these amendments and to consult with CPB and all affected parts of the public broadcasting community on how to address any problems the Subcommittee perceives in the administration of the federal appropriation to public broadcasting; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT:

the Board intends to take all necessary and appropriate steps to defend against this attack on CPB's mandate and charter and calls on all those who support and believe in public broadcasting to join in its vigorous opposition to this proposal.

Resolution Date: 
Tuesday, May 24, 1988
Unanimously

WHEREAS,

CPB Management has concluded its review of the Corporation's Minority Consortia Policy and has presented its conclusions to the Board; and

WHEREAS,

CPB Management has recommended that it be given the authority to revise and/or redevelop CPB's approach to increasing the availability of minority programming to public broadcasting while, at the same time, minimizing any discontinuity in the availability of minority programs through FY 1989.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT:

Management is authorized to extend the current Minority Consortia contracts until the end of FY 1989 under the current terms and conditions and with the current contractors.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT:

This action supersedes the July 2, 1987 resolution of this Board (attached), to the extent that it is inconsistent with this resolution.

Resolution Date: 
Tuesday, May 17, 1988
Unanimously

WHEREAS,

CPB Management is conducting a review of the Corporation's Minority Program Consortia policy, to determine the effectiveness of that policy in meeting the Corporation's goal of diversity; and

WHEREAS,

the review will not be completed before some of the Minority Consortia contracts are ready for competitive renewal, as described in the present policy.

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED,

that Management is authorized to extend those Minority Consortia contracts which are due for competitive renewal, for a period of not more than one year beyond their present expiration date, under the current terms and conditions of those contracts and with the current contractors, so that the conclusions reached by Management's review if subsequently approved by the Board, can apply equally to all Minority Program Consortia.

Resolution Date: 
Thursday, July 2, 1987