Mar 20, 2011

S.C. governor replaces entire pubcasting oversight board, prompting concerns

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley's decision last week to replace the entire seven-member Educational Television Commission has pubcasting supporters worried, reports The State newspaper. "What worries me is if people go in there thinking they know what ETV means, thinking it's just Masterpiece Theater, and they make decisions without being educated," Caroline Whitson, president of Columbia College and the fundraising ETV Endowment Board, told the paper. "They could make decisions that long-term have very detrimental effects on this state without realizing what they've done." ETV, created in 1960, operates a statewide network of 11 television stations, eight radio stations and a closed-circuit telecommunications system used by schools, government agencies and businesses, the paper said.

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