WTVP - President & CEO
June 2013 - Drama on WTVP
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Chet Tomczyk
Chet Tomczyk - President & CEO, (retired 2014)

Drama on WTVP...

For the past three years that included fan favorites likeDownton Abbey, Sherlock, and Inspector Lewis. This year drama onPublic Television expanded to include Call the Midwife and Mr. Selfridge.

I'm told the first rule of questioning a witness is not to ask a question to which you don't already know the answer, so I feel confident in asking:Who has better drama than PBS? For that matter, who consistently has better science, better children's programming, more unbiased news presentation, and greater performances? And who does it without commercial interruption? Only PBS. And we are only able to do it thanks to your generous financial support. Thank you.

WTVP's fiscal year ends this month. It's the time we look back to see how well we performed against budget and to look ahead at budgeting for the coming year. For the year ending, we are projecting a slight shortfall in operations and will end up with a bit of red ink. Revenue from federal support was reduced from what was planned thanks to the sequestration that went into effect March 1, and State of Illinois support was also less than expected. Membership contributions, especially from major donors are also down slightly, while program costs continue to rise. Many are still feeling the pinch.

During this month, WTVP will have its annual (short)June membership drive and there will also be the annual fiscal year end appeal to help us end the year on June 30, in a more balanced manner. Please be as generous as you can. If you find that you are spending more time with your television and more quality time with Public Television,you know that quality of programming has a direct correlation to your generosity. [Become a Member Today!]

Thank you again for all you do in supporting WTVP. We are able to celebrate 41 years of service to you and Central Illinois only because of your support.You're the best!

Chet Tomczyk
President & CEO, WTVP (Retired)

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