Veteran public broadcaster Rod Bates, who has led Nebraska Educational Telecommunications for 16 years, will retire in March 2013, reports the Lincoln Journal Star. Bates told the NET staff on Friday (June 22).
The newspaper notes that Bates is only the second leader in the statewide network's 58-year history. He took over from founding General Manager Jack G. McBride retired in 1996.
“I don’t think the place has ever been in any better shape than it is now,” Bates said. “It’s time to bring somebody new in now.”
Bates is highly active within the pubcasting system, having served on boards for PBS, the Association of Public Television Stations, the Organization of State Broadcasting Executives, the National Educational Telecommunications Association and Native American Public Telecommunications.