KLRU’s Bill Stotesbery named to national Latino Public Broadcasting board
Austin, TX — KLRU-TV, Austin PBS, announces that CEO and General Manager Bill Stotesbery has been elected to the Latino Public Broadcasting Board of Directors. In his announcement, letter Edward James Olmos, President of the LPB Board, wrote that Stotesbery’s “leadership and expertise will greatly contribute in helping our organization grow.”
Under Stotesbery’s leadership, KLRU has worked on several projects with focusing on the Latino community, most recently the addition of VMe, an all-Spanish language public television service, on KLRU’s digital cable channel 18.4.
“I am pleased to be included in this vital public broadcasting organization ,” said Stotesbery. “The LPB is very active in ensuring the diversity of PBS offerings and making sure Latino filmmakers have their stories heard.”
“As Latinos become this nation’s largest minority group, we face an exciting time ahead of us as we help bring diverse talent and content to public broadcasting,” Olmos said. “The programs we support bring new audiences to public television and have a recognizable impact on a broad range of viewers; present a diverse subjects and viewpoints from a variety of Latino producers across the country; and both complement and challenge existing public television offerings.”
LPB’s mission is to support the development, production, post-production, acquisition and distribution of non-commercial educational and cultural television that is representative of Latino people, or addresses issues of particular interest to Latino
Americans. LPB is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting as well as foundations.
Since its inception in 1998, LPB has provided over eight million dollars in funding to filmmakers nationwide and brought over 150 hours of engaging programs to public media. Some highlights of LPB funded programs include the four-part series Latin Music USA, A Class Apart and Cachao: Uno Mas on American Experience, The Longoria Affair, The Storm that Swept Mexico, In Performance at the White House: Fiesta Latina, Voces that celebrates the diversity of the Latino experience, and Emmy award¬wining Presumed Guilty, a co-presentation with POV. In September, LPB was awarded the Norman Lear Legacy Award by the Imagen Foundation for its work in creating a voice for Latinos through public media and a better understanding of Latinos and Latino cultures in the United States.
About KLRU-TV, Austin PBS
KLRU-TV, Austin PBS, presents quality multimedia content that engages people in the thoughtful exchange of ideas, the expression of the arts, and enjoyable lifelong learning opportunities, resulting in a more vibrant community and a higher quality of life. In addition to providing locally produced and quality national television programming, KLRU is also a non-profit organization helping to build a stronger community through educational workshops, community engagement projects and public events. Known as the producing station of the longest-running live music television show AUSTIN CITY LIMITS, KLRU has also worked on several other national productions including OVERHEAD WITH EVAN SMITH and documentaries like CITIZEN ARCHITECT and LAST BEST HOPE. Get more information about KLRU at klru.org.