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AETN's Weatherly re-elected to PBS Board of Directors

Posted 16 Sep 2010

Allen Weatherly, Executive Director of the Arkansas PBS and the Arkansas PBS Foundaion, has been re-elected to serve a second three-year term on the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) Board of Directors.

"I am honored to have been elected to a second term on the PBS Board, helping to lead the way for public broadcasting in the nation," Weatherly said. "This responsibility is a reflection of AETN's outstanding teamwork, leading the network to be highly regarded throughout the entire public media system."

PBS Board members were elected by PBS member stations in a nationwide vote that took place in August. New members will be seated on Oct. 19 at the organizational meeting of the PBS Board.

"This is a time of profound change at PBS -- a moment when this enterprise is moving beyond broadcasting and finding numerous, innovative ways to engage audiences and fulfill its mission," PBS Board Chair Geoffrey Sands, who also serves as a director of McKinsey & Company, said. "The newly elected directors join an active and engaged board that includes some of the outstanding leaders in public media."

The PBS Board of Directors is responsible for governing and setting policy for PBS. The board comprises 27 members: 14 professional members who are member station leaders; 12 general directors who are representatives of the general public; and the PBS president. Board members serve without pay. The membership of PBS elects the professional members. The general directors are elected by the board, which also appoints the president and chief executive officer.

Weatherly has been with AETN since 1993, serving seven years as deputy director before taking his current position in January 2001. He has worked in public television for 30 years.

During his tenure, AETN has expanded education services, including a comprehensive professional development Web site (Arkansas IDEAS) and training program available to Arkansas teachers and funded by the Arkansas Department of Education. For this service, AETN received the prestigious EDGE award for innovative use of technology in education from the Association of Public Television Stations in Washingon, D.C.

Under Weatherly's leadership, AETN has expanded network production and created an innovative Web-based World War II oral history archive for Arkansas, In Their Words. The network has made the transition to six digital transmitters, in addition to the original five analog transmitters, and now delivers four distinct digital channels, as well as the analog AETN service, and is extending its high-definition capabilities.

Weatherly is involved in national leadership positions with the Organization of State Broadcast Executives (OSBE) and the National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA), and is a past member of the Affinity Group Coalition, a policy advisory group made up of public media leaders from across the nation. He has also long been active with PBS, the Association of Public Television Stations (APTS) and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). In addition to service on the board at large, he is a member of the PBS Board Executive Committee and chairman of the PBS Station Services Committee. He has also served on two Community Service Grant review panels for CPB.

Prior to AETN, Weatherly worked with Ozarks Public Television in Springfield, Mo., from 1980 to 1993 progressing from development associate to senior vice president/director of broadcasting. In Arkansas, he serves on the Governor's Cabinet and is a board member of the Arkansas Leadership Academy. He serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Central Arkansas and teaches a broadcast management course each semester.

A former newspaper columnist in Missouri and Arkansas, Weatherly is a graduate of Missouri State University with a degree in history.

Other newly elected members include: Tom Axtell, general manager, Vegas PBS; DeAnne Hamilton, general manager, WKAR/East Lansing, Mich.; John King, president & CEO, Vermont Public Television; and JoAnn Urofsky, general manager, WUSF/Tampa, Fla.

PBS, with its nearly 360 member stations, offers all Americans - from every walk of life - the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television and online content. Each month, PBS reaches more than 118 million people through television and nearly 21 million people online, inviting them to experience the worlds of science, history, nature and public affairs; to hear diverse viewpoints; and to take front row seats to world-class drama and performances. PBS' broad array of programs has been consistently honored by the industry's most coveted award competitions. More information about PBS is available at

The Arkansas PBS (AETN) is Arkansas's statewide public television network that enhances lives by providing lifelong learning opportunities for people from all walks of life. AETN delivers local, award-winning productions and classic, trusted PBS programs aimed at sharing Arkansas and the world with viewers. AETN depends on the generosity of Arkansans and the State of Arkansas to continue offering quality programming. For more information, visit, or follow the AETN blog at AETN is broadcast on KETS (Little Rock), KEMV (Mountain View), KETG (Arkadelphia), KAFT (Fayetteville), KTEJ (Jonesboro), and KETZ (El Dorado).