Statement before Glenn A. Walsh
the Board of Directors
of WQED Multimedia:
New Status of Telephone: 412-561-7876
WQEX-TV 16 Electronic Mail: < firstname.lastname@example.org >
Internet Web Site: < http://www.planetarium.cc >
2004 May 27
Good afternoon. I am Glenn A.
This month, WQEX-TV, channel
16, started broadcasting a new program schedule, which is predominantly
advertising and selling products. I must tell you that I am very disappointed
with this new program schedule. During the many years that the status of
channel 16 was in question, the management of WQED Multimedia emphasized that a
change to channel 16’s programming would bring new information and
entertainment options to the residents of
Many people, including me, questioned the value of this new entertainment programming, considering the loss of channel 16’s valuable educational schedule. However, it was never contemplated that WQEX would revert to strictly advertising and selling.
An immediate consequence of
this new schedule has been the de-listing of channel 16 in the daily and weekly
television listings of both
Further, although there was a
large write-up about channel 16’s new program schedule in the June issue of Pittsburgh magazine, the magazine does
not include a program schedule for channel 16—even a schedule of WQEX’s
educational programs. So, I would also ask that
In the past, at the end of a program that repeats later in the week, there has been an announcement of when the repeat broadcast airs. So, I would also ask that for programs which air on channel 13, which will later air on channel 16, that an announcement be given at the end of the program on channel 13 mentioning that this program will be repeated on channel 16.
Now, the main reason I did come today is to tell you that I agree with the decision, made by the WQED Multimedia Board of Directors, not to sell channel 16. With this decision, you have left programming options open for you, and future boards of directors.
No one knows what the future will hold. You, or future boards, may find reason to restore most educational programming to channel 16, even if some commercials remain. Particularly when digital broadcasting finally becomes popular, WQED Multimedia will have the potential of programming eight separate channels—instead of just four. With eight potential channels, it may seem quite reasonable to restore WQEX’s original mission.
So, I strongly urge you, even after the three-year lease with the Home Shopping Network has expired, to maintain your decision not to sell channel 16. Keep programming options open for you and future boards of directors.