KQED’s plan to end membership elections

A follow-up to the item we posted here Sept. 27 on the plan by KQED’s management to discontinue the practice of allowing members to elect its board of directors. The Chronicle has a story this morning (Oct. 5) on the proposal, which is being put to a vote of KQED’s members. Ballots are due Oct. 25. The story gives management’s reasons for the change — the $250,000 cost of each election, that only 10 percent of members vote and that

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Public TV’s KQED, KTEH to merge

SF’s KQED Channel 9 and SJ’s KTEH Channel 45 have announced they plan to merge in an attempt to cut costs and reduce duplication. KQED, one of the largest and most successful public TV outlets in the country, has a $47 million annual budget, 246 staffers and 196,000 members. KTEH has an $8 million budget, 38 employees and 39,000 members. There also could be changes in the pledge breaks run by the stations, which currently generate a combined $28 million

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KQED-FM’s big ratings overlooked

Ben Fong-Torres, in his Radio Waves column in this morning’s Chronicle Pink Section, points out that the Arbitron ratings for radio stations leave out public broadcasters, but if they were included, KQED 88.5 would be No. 3 in the Bay Area with a 4.7 share of the audience. That would be right behind the perennial market leader, KGO (6.1), and KOIT (4.9). “The strength of KQED’s service is in-depth local and regional as well as national and international news,” says

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