Jul 22, 2010

WQED promotes Deborah Acklin to president and CEO

WQED announced today (July 22) the appointment of Deborah Acklin as president and CEO of the Pittsburgh station. She's currently executive v.p. and COO. She steps into the spot vacated by George Miles Jr., who was at the helm for more than 16 years. She's won awards including a CINE Golden Eagle and seven Mid-Atlantic Emmys. Her first day is Sept. 23.

Pacifica's KPFK prepares to revamp its schedule with audience goals in mind

Citing an "urgent need" to make programming changes at Pacifica's KPFK in Los Angeles, interim p.d. Alan Minsky asked programmers with afternoon, evening and weekend slots to either take steps to increase their audience and fundraising or make room for programs that will. "We have about eight to ten new hours of Mission-driven programming that we believe will dramatically improve our listenership and our fundraising in the coming year," Minsky writes in a July 21 memo posted on LA Observed. "In order to make room for these new shows, we need some of the underperforming shows to step aside."