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Message from the President

It’s fitting that FY17 marks the first time WNET is delivering its annual review as a fully digital experience, offering a deep dive into a year where we moved seamlessly across all platforms, on-air, online and in engaging, live events that welcomed our community.

We are enormously proud of the work our staff has done to continue to innovate and push the boundaries of technology and television to reach a broader audience and deliver meaningful, thought-provoking and entertaining content, wherever our viewers are.

This was also a year where our donor base grew by more than 6 percent, many answering the call to support our trusted news operations and to help us bridge funding uncertainty. Many of you donated for the first time to experience THIRTEEN Passport, our streaming video platform that provides extended access to some of our programming.

On the programming front, we engaged millions of viewers in Great Performances: Hamilton’s America, providing access to the story behind the landmark, multi-award-winning musical; a story that was only told on public television. And millions more clicked on Facebook videos that highlighted Nature: The Story of Cats and the incredibly popular “Spy in the Wild” series, also on Nature.

American Masters delivered an eclectic range of documentaries about iconic Americans, including Norman Lear, a flight of chefs and Maya Angelou. Launching a multi-platform campaign focused on inspiring women, WNET hosted a community screening of American Masters — Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise that featured surprise guests President Bill Clinton and Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton. And the film was made available to public libraries around the city, for free, to increase access and promote discussion of Angelou’s lasting impact on America’s culture.

And our local programs, from NJTV News with Mary Alice Williams to MetroFocus to NYC-ARTS and more, delivered a tri-state perspective on a year filled with political volatility and artistic expression.

I’m tempted to give away all of the great accomplishments of a memorable year, but I’d rather you explore the work and its impact on your own. Click away, and enjoy the journey.

Neal Shapiro
President and CEO