Yes, there is something different about this issue of the WTVP Program Guide. You probably picked right up on it when you saw that this is the "June/July" issue.
As a way to be a bit more economy-minded and eco-friendly, we are changing the usual twelve monthly editions of the paper version of the guide to a volume of ten. In addition to the combined June/July issue, our plan is to also combine the January/February issues.
This change affects the print version only. The on-line listings will continue to be available monthly and will be complete for all three WTVP channels. Log on to www.wtvp.org for the latest schedules and current information about your public television station.
The reasons for this are many. User patterns show more and more people logging on to the web version, electronic program guides are increasingly well-used, the costs for paper, printing and postage are escalating exponentially, and we’d like to kill fewer trees and be more green-minded.
And truthfully, “green” is really behind the change. Isn’t it always?
Over the years, the State of Illinois generously provided a small operating grant to public television and radio stations through the Illinois Arts Council. This year the State finds itself in extremely poor financial shape, and to-date as we approach the end of our fiscal year, the promised grant has not been received. No relief is in site, and next year looks to be even worse.
This portends a negative impact on our budget, and so as it is with your household budget, choices have to be made when all the anticipated revenue doesn’t materialize. Trying to be good stewards of your membership dollars, we have decided to take this action rather than continue the status quo and have fewer dollars to spend on programming.
Thank you for your understanding and your continued support.