Fiscal Year 2017 was a milestone year for me as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of WNET, as it marked my tenth and final year serving in this role.
There have been staggering changes in the media world over the past decade, with viewer habits evolving at the speed of light, and new technologies disrupting virtually every aspect of how the medium is made and watched. I’m delighted to report that, throughout this dramatic period of change, WNET has grown and adapted to meet the needs of our viewers.
The organization has developed and adopted a range of technologies designed to retain and expand its reach. Virtually all our programming can now be streamed, both on a mobile app called THIRTEEN Explore that lets viewers watch our content on iOS and Android devices, and also on Roku, Apple TV and other OTT technologies.
And as much as we’ve kept up with technological advances, WNET stations have also continued to produce quality content that engages our viewers. From signature PBS series like Nature, American Masters, Great Performances and Secrets of the Dead, to web-only series like First Person or local programming like NYC-ARTS and MetroFocus, WNET continues to be a beacon of quality in an ever-expanding sea of commercially-driven television.
It has been an honor to serve as Chairman of WNET, and to help advance the mission of public television. I look forward to remaining on the Board of Trustees as WNET continues to deliver the best that television has to offer – anywhere you want to watch it.