CPB Transparency Requirements
The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), which is the agency that provides federal funding for public television and radio stations, has determined that every public media entity should be as transparent as possible in its governance and finances. Therefore, WBGU-PBS is providing the following information, to comply with CPB policy, for transparency in our finances and governance and in the public interest.
- A list of the governing Board of Directors for WBGU-PBS, which is the Bowling Green State University Board of Trustees: BGSU Board of Trustees
- Date, time and place of meetings of the WBGU-PBS Governing Board: BGSU Board Action
- 2022 Local Content and Service Report to the Community
- PBS Certification File
WBGU-PBS, through its governing Board, the Bowling Green State University Board of Trustees, complies with Ohio's Public Records and Open Meetings Law, which together are known as "Ohio Sunshine Laws".
WBGU-PBS Diversity Statement
WBGU-PBS knows that a diverse workforce, management team and Community Advisory Board contribute greatly to our knowledge and understanding of Northwest and West Central Ohio’s diverse communities and to our ability to deliver content and services that will help us attract, grow and engage audiences while helping them to achieve their full potential. We endeavor to recruit from a broad pool of candidates enabling us to hire and promote qualified candidates with a variety of cultural and ethnic backgrounds, personal experiences, characteristics and talents that reasonably reflect the diverse needs and interests of the communities served by WBGU-PBS.
Through our own locally-produced content, and through programs we air originating from organizations such as PBS, American Public Television and NETA, WBGU-PBS seeks to enhance the quality of life in our region by presenting unique, non-commercial programming of exceptional quality. The majority of this programming is focused on educational and informational shows that touch upon topics of interest impacting an audience of various racial and ethnic backgrounds; genders; religions; age ranges; sexual orientations; and education and income levels.
Diversity of Governance, Staff
WBGU-PBS’ governing body is the Bowling Green State University (BGSU) Board of Trustees and is comprised of nine voting members, two non-voting student members and up to three non-voting, non-compensated National Trustees. The 11 board members are appointed by the Governor, with the three National Trustees appointed by the BGSU Board of Trustees.
The nine voting members will have a term of nine years, with the term for the non-voting student members shall be two years.
More information on the makeup of the Board of Trustees can be found here: Board of Trustees
Since WBGU-PBS is part of BGSU, this public television service adheres to BGSU’s formal diversity statement found here: BGSU Link
As of October 2023, WBGU-PBS employs 10 full time white women, 1 Latina female and 7 white males. The station hired a Traffic Assistant and two Technical Coordinators for Video Productions in 2023 where in all three cases we advertised in several diversity publications. Our PACT board is made up of 3 white females, 1 African American female and 10 white males. Our goal is to expand our PACT board to include individuals with a variety of cultural and ethnic backgrounds as current members complete their term of service and rotate off the board. We continually employ 10 – 15 African American and Hispanic student employees during any given academic year.
Each year, we encourage all staff members to attend diversity training sessions offered by PBS, CPB and BGSU.
WBGU-PBS seeks to establish the following as part of our commitment to diversity:
- Continue finding students with a variety of cultural and ethnic backgrounds to work at WBGU-PBS. Focus on hiring students of color as interns, as well as part time employees.
- Expand our Public Advisory Committee for Television (PACT) board to also include individuals with a variety of cultural and ethnic backgrounds. We have been able to include an African American female on our board
- WBGU-PBS will continue to explore new opportunities for achieving and promoting diversity and to monitor and evaluate our success. This means WBGU-PBS will always meet the standards of federal and state law, BGSU’s Equal Employment Opportunity Policy and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s Diversity Eligibility Criteria.