Kerger “fully committed” to continuing as PBS president

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The recent departures of six PBS execs have prompted leaders at public television stations to speculate about the future of PBS President Paula Kerger, but Kerger told Current today that she is staying at the network.

Three general managers at public TV stations told Current that some station leaders have wondered whether Kerger might seek an exit from the network. The g.m.’s asked to remain anonymous because they did not want to be quoted discussing rumors.

But in an email, Kerger wrote, “Please know that I am fully committed to continuing my leadership of PBS and renewed my contract, which went into effect last year.” A PBS spokesperson confirmed that the contract is a multiyear deal.

Kerger added: “The success that PBS has achieved these last few years has brought our colleagues to the attention of other organizations that also recognized their talent, and have presented new opportunities to them.”

She said a “key priority” for her is developing “the best team to support our focus on developing high-quality content, ensuring the financial strength of stations and fostering innovation.”

Kerger pointed to two recent hires, Juan Sepúlveda as s.v.p. of station services, and Mario Vecchi, chief network engineer.

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