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APTS and NPR Join Forces To Create Public Media Association

WASHINGTON — February 15, 2011 — NPR and the Association of Public Television Stations (APTS) today announced the formation of the Public Media Association (PMA), a joint initiative to respond to the current federal funding crisis on behalf of public broadcasting.

“NPR is proud to join forces with APTS to make the case for continued federal funding for public broadcasting,” said Vivian Schiller, NPR President and CEO. “The PMA will help public radio and television stations build support in their communities for these essential services.”

“As Congress debates funding for public broadcasting, this joint effort between our organizations is critical to ensure that the 170 million Americans who depend on theirlocal public television and radio stations will continue to receive the high-quality educational, cultural, and news and public affairs programming and services these stations provide,” said Patrick Butler, President and CEO of APTS.

The PMA will be governed by a Legislative Council comprised of four radio station leaders named by the NPR Board of Directors, four television station leaders named by the APTS Action board, Patrick Butler and Vivian Schiller. This Council will set shared priorities, and this new, combined radio and TV leadership group will provide fast, clear guidance that spans and serves both radio and TV.

Patrick Butler will head the PMA. He will be in charge of the overall legislative strategy and provide executive leadership for the new, integrated advocacy initiative. Mike Riksen, NPR’s Vice President for Policy and Representation, will play a key leadership role in the PMA, reporting to Pat on matters of legislative strategy with respect to federal funding.

About APTS
The Association of Public Television Stations (APTS) is a nonprofit membership organization established in 1979. The mission of APTS is to conduct – in concert with member stations – advocacy, planning, research and communications activities in order to achieve strong and financially sound noncommercial television and advanced digital services for the American people. APTS provides consistent leadership and information that helps our members better accomplish their own missions and goals. APTS promotes the legislative and regulatory interests of noncommercial television stations at the national level through direct advocacy, and grasstops and grassroots campaigns designed to garner congressional support. For more information, visit

About NPR
NPR is an award-winning, multimedia news organization and an influential force in American life. In collaboration with more than 900 independent public radio stations nationwide, NPR strives to create a more informed public - one challenged and invigorated by a deeper understanding and appreciation of events, ideas and cultures. For more information, visit


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