WTVP - President & CEO
April 2013 - Britcoms, Britdramas, & Auction
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Chet Tomczyk
Chet Tomczyk - President & CEO, (retired 2014)

Downton Abbey has concluded its third season and rumors are rife with new cast members, new love interests, and more sturm und drang for the Crawleys. Whatever will we do with our Sunday evenings until Downton returns?

Well, let me recommend a few other British series for you: Call the Midwife, Mr. Selfridge and The Bletchley Circle. These superbly produced series will find a warm place in your heart, and the intelligent writing will give your brain reason to celebrate.

With the advent of the new comes the pain of departure of old friends. The last few episodes of Lark Rise to Candleford air this month as our contracted broadcast rights run out. The only chance of saving this series or in acquiring some of the new series of Britcoms and Britdramas that constantly tantalize Linda Miller, our VP of Programming, is to raise about $15,000 specifically for these programs. Cuts in State funding and the loss of significant amounts of federal dollars thanks to the Sequestration inflicted upon us by Washington, leave our program budget hurting. We still have $200,000 outstanding to PBS for primetime programming that has to be paid by June, so we have no alternative but to raid the budget we have allocated for discretionary programming. Let me ask for your direct help. If you would like to see Lark Rise or other specific British programming continue, please make an extra contribution now to the Britcom Program Fund at www.wtvp.org. We will use any money sent to that fund exclusively for these special programs.

This being April can only mean Auction ... the 40th Annual WTVP Televised Auction beginning Thursday the 25th and continuing through Sunday the 28th. Items of all types, literally from soup to nuts, are already coming in thanks to our generous donors and go-getters. If you have items you would like to donate, please call to arrange a pick up or drop off, and then be sure to tune in or go online and WATCH! BID and BUY!

Many thanks for your generosity.

Chet Tomczyk
President & CEO, WTVP (Retired)

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