The Corporation for Public Broadcasting will hold a phone-in board meeting Feb. 21 to make assignments for new committees created in the wake of the inspector general's report.
That report, released last November, found "serious weaknesses in corporate governance." They included a lack of specifics in the bylaws regarding roles and responsibilities of board members and the chairman (then Ken Tomlinson); the attitude of top management toward internal controls; and the lack of transparency in decisionmaking within the board.
The report recommended a host of changes to increase accountability and enforce it.
In response, the board agreed to create three new committees: Executive Compensation; Governance; and Public Broadcasting Awareness.
CPB critics continue to push for all the CPB board meetings to be public. Part of the Feb. 21 meeting is open, part is not.
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Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.