The start of every New Year generates hope and optimism for a period of peace, prosperity and health. Let's 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 you're 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. 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.
President & CEO, WTVP (Retired 2014)