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Pisaneschi Named PBS Programmer of the Year

April 28 2005 by Peter Morrill

The Public Television Programmers Association named Idaho Public Television's Director of Broadcasting Ron Pisaneschi its PBS Programmer of the Year at their annual meeting.

The PTPA award honors Pisaneschi "for his abiding devotion to public television viewers and his defense of the public television mission and for doggedly seeking new and innovative scheduling strategies to build audience in a challenging television market."

According to A.C. Nielsen research, IdahoPTV regularly is the most watched PBS member per capita in the nation.

The PTPA award also acknowledges Pisaneschi's "tireless service, committee work, and participation in endeavors to steer the future of public television; and for being an avid supporter of fellow programmers and the profession of programming."

Pisaneschi has worked at IdahoPTV since 1985. He has served as the organization's chief programming executive since 1987. Previously he worked in public relations and marketing.

In addition to his work in Idaho, he serves on the PBS Children's Programming Advisory Committee, and the Board of Directors of PTPA. He has served as an advisor to numerous PBS series, including THE NEWSHOUR WITH JIM LEHRER, FRONTLINE, NOW WITH BILL MOYERS, THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, ZOOM, SESAME STREET, CAILLOU and P.O.V. He is currently an advisor on a major audience research project with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.


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