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PRESS RELEASE — Friday, April 25, 2008
For information contact: Karen Svea Johnson at 373-7369
or Anne Peterson at 373-7368

Friends of IdahoPTV, Inc., Takes First Actions, Distributes Endowment Income for Productions

The recently created statewide Friends of Idaho Public Television board took its first actions recently in Boise as it set aside $174,000 of endowment income to help fund four new television specials and two ongoing projects.

Friends of Idaho Public Television, Inc. is the culmination of nearly a nearly two-year effort to combine three regional Friends boards and the Idaho Public Television Foundation into one statewide board. “It was really a pretty amazing process that united the four groups,” IdahoPTV General Manager Peter W. Morrill said. “A Boise meeting this month finalized and reaffirmed the merger and set up its new structure.”

The group, made up of members of the four previous boards and headed by President Pat Costello, designated $173,915 of income from the nearly $4-million Idaho Public Television Endowment to help fund new programming. The money is part of the funding needed for each of the projects, which include documentaries on human rights, the 2009 Winter Special Olympics and the Oregon Trail. The funding also will assist the production of a performance program special and the ongoing projects of Idaho Legislature Live and this fall’s IDAHO DEBATES.

The board also designated five standing committees — executive, advocacy, fundraising, board development and endowment. Board members also began arrangements to establish three regional councils in the north, southwest and eastern part of the state. Officers, in addition to Costello of Moscow, are: Eve Chandler, first vice president, Boise; Rebecca Morgan, second vice president, Pocatello; Joy Fisher, treasurer, Moscow; and Barbara Roberts, secretary, Boise.

“The boards were enthusiastic about this merger because they will be able to focus and concentrate their efforts in a more effective manner,” Morrill said.

IdahoPTV is a statewide public television system with five analog transmitters and five digital transmitters in Coeur d’Alene, Moscow, Boise, Twin Falls and Pocatello, plus 37 translators. The system is Idaho’s only statewide medium and the only locally-owned broadcast television entity.

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