Two pubcasting deaths include secretary for Carnegie Commission

Two recent deaths of interest to public broadcasters: Hyman Goldin, the executive secretary for the Carnegie Commission on Educational Television, which led to the creation of CPB; and Jim Adams, a longtime sports director at WKAR in East Lansing, Mich. Goldin died Nov. 21 in a rehabilitation center in Beverly, Mass., of complications from a fall several weeks earlier, reports the Boston Globe. He was 99. “An early advocate for public television,” the Globe obituary said, “Hyman Goldin believed the relentless push for profit in commercial TV compromised the quality of shows that are designed to inform.”

Polly Anderson to lead WUCF TV, new PBS primary station in Orlando

Veteran pubcaster Polly Anderson is leaving the helm of New Mexico PBS to take over leadership of WUCF TV in Orlando, Fla., in early February. Anderson also worked for Alabama Public Television and KWBU community radio and television stations in Waco, Texas, before joining KNME in 2008 as general manager and c.e.o. She is vice-chair of the Association of Public Television Stations and former chair of the National Educational Telecommunications Association. University of Central Florida launched WUCF in July 2011 as the new PBS primary station in Orlando, following WMFE-TV’s departure from PBS and subsequent sale. “Polly is a dynamic leader in the public television industry,” said Grant J. Heston, UCF spokesman, in a statement, “and we’re excited that she is bringing her experience, skills and talent to Central Florida’s start-up PBS station.”

Jesse Thorn’s Bullseye is leaving PRI

Bullseye with Jesse Thorn, the Los Angeles-based nationally distributed radio program and podcast, is leaving longtime distributor PRI, host and creator Jesse Thorn announced on his website Dec. 19.

WGBH settles with Justice Department over alleged mishandling of federal grants

This item has been updated and reposted with additional information. WGBH has agreed to pay more than $300,000 in a civil settlement with the U.S Attorney’s Office to resolve allegations that it improperly tracked and accounted for federal grant money, The Associated Press is reporting. U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz told AP that from 2005–08 the Boston pubcaster maintained an inadequate accounting system for tracking grant expenditures. The settlement, announced Thursday, is for damages incurred by the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts. WGBH spokesperson Jeanne Hopkins told Current that the settlement involves a payment equal to the error rate of half a percent to one percent of the total value of the grants, which was $60 million.

KCSM-TV in San Mateo goes back on the market

Trustees of the San Mateo Community College District, who dismissed two finalists in November interested in purchasing its KCSM-TV, have reopened the bidding process. The Request for Proposal presents an opportunity for bidders to either acquire the station’s assets, or agree to subsidize operation of the station by the district and participate “in some capacity” in offering the KCSM-TV spectrum for sale in the FCC’s upcoming reverse auction. “For a sale, the district will independently evaluate whether the bidder will qualify under FCC rules to take assignment of the KCSM-TV license and how long it might take to get FCC approval,” the RFP said. “For a cooperative arrangement looking towards subsidization of operations and the reverse auction, the district will consider the extent and nature of the subsidization, the proposed auction arrangements, and the provision for the contingency that the spectrum is not successfully sold at auction.” The station went on the market in December 2011, due to a projected $800,000 deficit.

NPR’s Carvin stands by Twitter coverage of Newtown shooting

Did NPR’s tweeter extraordinaire Andy Carvin go overboard during the media frenzy surrounding the Dec. 14 shooting in Newtown, Conn.? Michael Wolff made that argument in a column for the Guardian newspaper, accusing Carvin of becoming “a fevered spreader of misinformation.”

Carvin, who gained widespread recognition for his tweeting during the Arab Spring, sent out more than 300 tweets following minute-by-minute developments in the Newtown shooting. The tweets included “a rather broad range of bollocks,” Wolff wrote, citing in particular a retweet about a purple van that was later abandoned as a lead, and a few other instances. “While the guise is to retweet in order to verify, the effect is to propagate,” wrote Wolff, whose objections went beyond inaccuracy to what he sees as Carvin’s “self-righteousness” and “self-dramatizing.”

In response to a question from Current, Carvin reviewed his tweets and replied as follows:
If I had to do it all again, I would still tweet all of them.