Jan 29, 2009

Former WGBH accountant charged with embezzling from station

The former accounting manager at WGBH-TV in Boston is facing charges of embezzling nearly $500,000 from the station. Philip McCabe, who worked at the station from 1987 to 2007, allegedly used the station's money to pay personal bills over a nine-year period. He is charged with two counts of making false entries in corporate books and two counts of larceny over $250, according to the state attorney general's office.

CPB Inspector General's office warns KMBH of violations

RGV Educational Broadcasting Inc., in Harlingen, Texas, may lose the $700,000 annual grant it receives to run KMBH-TV and KMBH/KHID-FM. William Gillette of the CPB Inspector General's office told the board of directors on Jan. 26 that in more than 20 years in operation, it hasn't formed community advisory groups, a federal requirement for PBS and NPR stations. The IG's office also said that Monsignor Pedro BriseƱo, KMBH's president, CEO and g.m., had been signing documents for years stating that the stations were complying with federal laws. For background, see Current's May 2008 story.