CPB wants KEET-TV in Eureka, Calif., to merge with a larger organization, its executive director said in a newspaper column.
“Pressure is being applied by CPB for KEET-TV to merge with another, larger organization, which very well could mean the end of KEET-TV as an independent, locally owned and operated public television station,” wrote David Gordon Friday in the local Times-Standard.
In the column, Gordon said the station has never met its $800,000 minimum in nonfederal financial support required to receive CPB funds.
“We have exhausted the three waivers issued by CPB that allowed us to continue receiving our federal grants, and we now face the very real prospect of CPB ending our federal funding by Sept. 30, 2019,” Gordon said.
Gordon said KEET will be working with members of Congress, CPB and PBS to save the station. “While we have been conducting our activities discreetly for the past year, the time has come to be more public and to call on community members to support us in this endeavor,” he said, and urged readers to contact their congressional representatives.
Update: Ted Krichels, SVP of system development, emailed Current a statement that said in part: “Over the years, CPB has had numerous discussions with KEET leadership about how KEET might strengthen its financial sustainability, including through operational efficiency, collaboration, and improved fundraising. In early 2019, we will discuss KEET’s viability in light of the changing media landscape with Mr. Gordon.”