Sunday, December 3, 2023

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The Board of Trustees of WPBS-TV – the PBS station serving Northern New York and Eastern Ontario – is pleased and excited to welcome Bill Roberts (B.A., M.A., MBA) as the newest member of the Board.

Mr. Roberts has served as a senior level broadcast executive and advisor to business, government, academia and media organizations. Bill is the former President & CEO of Vision TV, Secretary General of the North American Broadcasters’ Association, co-Founder of Public Broadcasters International, and was Senior Vice-President of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters. In addition, he served as a Board member of the Banff Television Festival, International Director with the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and was a founding member of the Imaginative Media Arts Festival. While Managing Director at TVOntario, Bill was the primary representative to the PBS Border Programming Consortium.

He also taught journalism, broadcast & communications law, and media policy at the University level; sits on numerous cultural and not-for-profit Boards; served as Senior Policy Analyst at the CRTC; helped establish the Broadcast Accessibility Fund; and, as a NASDAQ (UCLA) and TSX (University of Toronto) certified Corporate Director, remains active in matters relating to good governance and capacity building.

Bill is a member of the Explorers Club (NYC); holds an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Winnipeg, and is currently serving as a Municipal Councilor, Corporate Secretary and past-Chair of the Community & Economic Development Commission in Prince Edward County, Ontario.

Stephen Todd, Chair of the WPBS-TV Board, stated, “Bill’s extensive leadership experience in public media – in Canada and internationally – is unsurpassed and we are delighted to welcome him as a Board member.  We look forward to working with Bill to continue to build on WPBS’s commitment to viewers and members in our region.”

The WPBS Board has also recently confirmed its executive for the 2019-2020 fiscal year, which is as follows:

Chair – Stephen Todd

Vice Chair – Carl McLaughlin

Treasurer – Tom Piche

Secretary – Sister Ellen Rose Coughlin, SSJ

President & General Manager – Mark Prasuhn

WPBS-TV is a PBS station serving approximately 650,000 households throughout Northern New York and Eastern Ontario. WPBS-TV’s non-profit mission is to educate, entertain and inform its audience through superior local and national content and media engagement in order to enhance the lives of those it serves. WPBS-TV is available through Rogers Cable in Ottawa on channel 64, and Cogeco in Kingston on channel 12, Brockville on channel 8, Cornwall on channel 18, Deep River on channel 15, Prescott on channel 8, and Smiths Falls on channel 20. More information about WPBS-TV, including a full channel listing, is available at, or by following WPBS on Twitter and Facebook.

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