State audit alleges Maryland PubTV didn’t properly bid $2 million in contracts

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In a report released Monday (PDF), the Maryland Office of Legislative Audits contends that the state’s Public Broadcasting Commission spent more than $2 million dollars on services without a competitive bidding process or working through the Board of Public Works, both violations of state procurement requirements, the Associated Press reports. The commission operates the six Maryland Public Television stations. MPT executive v.p. Larry Unger declined to identify the firm in question to the AP. A response from the commissioners said they consulted with Maryland’s Department of Budget and Management officials about the payments and that the vendor is one of several companies that have worked for the pubcasters. “Under the circumstances, MPBC believes it acted properly,” they wrote. The Baltimore City Paper ran several of the auditor’s comments and commission responses from the 33-page report, quipping, “Who says there’s no drama in public broadcasting?”