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FOR RELEASE: November 10, 2021

Lesley Matuszak, WTVP President and CEO  309.453.0405

WTVP Acquires Peoria Magazine Title and Events

PEORIA — The Board of Directors of WTVP is pleased to announce the acquisition of the title and signature community events of Peoria Magazine from Central Illinois Business Publishers president and co-founder, Jan Wright.

The publication of Peoria Magazine in its current form will end with the December 2021 issue. Lesley Matuszak, president and CEO of WTVP, said a reconstituted magazine with a renewed business focus will return in Spring 2022.

“WTVP is honored to be entrusted with Peoria Magazine’s legacy of community engagement and service,” Matuszak said. "I have collaborated with Jan for many years and greatly value the courage and entrepreneurial spirit she has brought to this region as she has worked to move the Peoria area forward."

Andrew Rand, chairman of the Illinois Valley Public Telecommunications Corporation board of directors, said this strategic acquisition is an excellent fit with WTVP's community-focused mission. He said the goal is to continue the magazine’s legacy of service by migrating its trusted media assets to WTVP’s digital platforms using fresh approaches to audience engagement.

"The mission of WTVP is to enrich our community in engaging and relevant ways using public media and outreach efforts," said Rand. "This acquisition brings the broad array of WTVP programming and services to new audiences and lays the foundation for engagement with business, government and educational institutions throughout the region." 

Rand emphasized that this acquisition is not being funded by general membership funds. He said community investors have earmarked funds specifically for the acquisition and relaunch of the magazine and the continuation of its traditional community events.

Four of Peoria Magazine's signature events and community outreach programs will continue to serve the business community and residents of Central Illinois under the management and direction of WTVP:

40 Leaders Under Forty — An annual celebration of emerging leadership honoring the region's rising young stars at a prestigious community reception.

Local Legends — The recognition reception inspires others to live out their legacies every day by telling the stories of legendary leaders in the region.

Women of Influence — Each year, the Women of Influence forum and recognition program highlights area women who are making a difference in Central Illinois. The half-day forum features speakers, breakout sessions and panel discussions.

Community Impact Guide — A highly anticipated annual publication highlighting the extraordinary work of Central Illinois' nonprofit community, from health and human services to the arts, environment and education.

Matuszak urged WTVP viewers, members, the business community, educators and residents throughout Central Illinois to watch for the development of new ways to educate, entertain, engage and inspire all ages through public media. She said feedback is welcome as WTVP works to move the region forward.