Attending the APTS Public Media Summit will benefit your station now and for years to come

At long last, the APTS Public Media Summit is going to be live and in person again in 2023 — February 27 – March 1 in Washington, D.C.

The theme of the 2023 Summit is Inventing The Future, and we’ll be exploring the technological, programmatic and service innovations that we in public media are making – and still need to make – to ensure our success in the exciting and challenging years to come.

This year’s Summit may be the most important Public Media Summit we’ve ever held. And your attendance at this must-attend event is critical to the future of our public broadcasting system.

Please register for the 2023 Public Media Summit today.

Be inspired

Our keynote speaker for the 2023 Summit will be Frederick W. Smith, founder and executive chairman of FedEx. Mr. Smith invented an entire industry and has led his storied company’s continuous innovation since the early 1970s. Since FedEx and public media have reached middle age together, it seems particularly useful to hear from one of the nation’s foremost business executives on the value of constant reinvention.

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) will join us as well and accept our Champion of Public Broadcasting Award. Leader Schumer has been central to our successful efforts to increase public media funding in each of the past four appropriations cycles by a total of $172.3 million, and his support was absolutely essential to our securing $250 million in emergency COVID relief funding that meant so much to our stations during the pandemic.

Federal Communications Commissioner Geoffrey Starks will also speak at the Summit.

Commissioner Starks has emerged as an energetic and eloquent champion of broadcasting – and public broadcasting – and he is particularly enthusiastic about the potential for the new ATSC 3 broadcast standard to play an important role in inventing the future.

Pat Harrison, president and CEO of CPB, and Paula Kerger, president and CEO of PBS, will also anchor presentations on their organizations’ commitment to innovation.

In addition, we’ll take an extensive survey of the political landscape in the aftermath of the 2022 mid-term elections, assess their potential impact on our federal and State funding, and collaborate on a strategy for meeting the challenges and opportunities for public funding in the next two years.

And we’ll deal with strategic issues ranging from ATSC 3.0 conversion to streaming to data distribution – the panoply of service and technology innovations that will help secure and define our future.

Hear how stations are inventing the future

Join your colleagues from across the country as we explore the best ideas for inventing the future of public broadcasting. With the challenges and opportunities we face in streaming, technology, expansion of services and other strategic imperatives, there simply is no more timely topic for us to address in depth.

Experts in all of these fields, including some of your fellow general managers, will share their perspectives on how best to plan for and manage an increasingly sophisticated public media enterprise.

Telling your station’s story to Members of Congress

After two years of rare in-person Capitol Hill meetings by station executives, and more than 80 new Members of Congress being sworn in on January 3, we need to educate lawmakers about the essential, local public services you provide their constituents and the need to continue increasing the federal investment in our work in education, public safety and civic leadership.

All new Members, along with returning Members – some of whom will be stepping into new leadership positions – need to hear from you.

As the old saying goes, “80 percent of life is just showing up.” Showing up in Washington February 27 – March 1 for the 2023 Summit — and bringing station board members, major donors and community partners with you — will take us a very long way toward addressing the exciting future of public media and securing the federal funding we need to help finance it. 

Time and time again we have seen that the more lawmakers know about the work of their local public television stations, the more likely they are to support public media funding.

The timing of the Summit ensures that Members of Congress and their D.C. policy staff are hearing from local stations, in-person, right before the appropriations process begins for the year. The Summit is one of the most important opportunities to make our case to lawmakers, and we need your participation to help them understand the many ways that your station serves their constituents and how federal funding makes that possible.

Register Today

The Summit is traditionally a sell-out event, and you don’t want to miss this one.

Please register for the 2023 Public Media Summit today.

All of us at America’s Public Television Stations appreciate your support and engagement and we look forward to seeing you in February.