The start of every New Year generates hope and optimism for
a period of peace, prosperity and health. Letís hope that 2014 is the year that finally
delivers on that promise.
Programmatically, the year gets off to a great start with
the premiere of Season Four
of Downton Abbey, and continues with more Sherlock, more
Mr. Selfridge and more Call the Midwife.
If youíre into mystery and drama you will find yourself parked in front of your TV with no
need or desire to leave. So feed the cat, get a box of tissues, and let the games begin.
On the collaboration front, the experiment involving joint
management and operational cooperation with WILL and the University of Illinois has been
working well enough that the WTVP Board of Directors voted last month to extend the agreement
for an additional three years. The overall purpose of the agreement is to help both stations
operate more cost effectively, put your generous contributions to work to create more quality
programming, and become ever more relevant to eastern and central Illinois.
On the personnel front, I found it bittersweet to learn that
our Vice President of Programming Linda Miller will be retiring on February 1. Linda has been
with WTVP for more than 25 years, first as Public Information Director and then for the past
eighteen years in charge of programming. In that time she has been the conscience of the
station and the person responsible for assuring that we adhere to our mission of educating,
enhancing and entertaining WTVP viewers with the best programming available. She has always
been willing to take on new challenges, the most recent being the introduction and implementation
of PBS LearningMedia/Illinois Edition. Please join me in wishing her great happiness as she
moves on to a new phase of her life. You can reach her at email@example.com. We offer her
our sincere gratitude for the exceptional devotion she has showered on public television
all these years. Thank you, Linda. Farewell and bon chance.