The 2016 Public Media Summit Schedule

All sessions to be held at the Fairmont Washington, D.C., Georgetown,
2401 M Street, NW
, Washington, D.C. 20037
(unless otherwise noted)

The Summit is open to APTS member stations and press with valid credentials.



9:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
APTS/APTS Action, Inc. Annual Board Meetings Roosevelt Room

11:15 a.m. – 12:45 a.m.
APTS/APTS Action, Inc. Annual Board LunchSulgrave Suite (Closed to Press)
APTS/APTS Action, Inc. Board Members and APTS staff only



11:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Independent Public Television Stations Association – Culpeper Room
Contact: Diena Simmons,




8:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Registration for The 2016 Public Media SummitBallroom Foyer

12:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Exhibition Hall OpenBallroom Foyer

1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
General Session Ballroom
Welcome to The 2016 Public Media Summit. Join us for opening remarks from Eric Hyyppa, APTS and APTS Action, Inc. Board Chair and Director and General Manager, MontanaPBS.

Tela Hansom-Pitt, Manager, Member Services, and Executive Assistant to the President, APTS will welcome sponsors and exhibitors.

Patrick Butler, APTS President & CEO, will give his Annual Address.

Turning Point: The Elements of Transformation
Martin Baron, Executive Editor of The Washington Post, will discuss the Post's remarkable transformation from a print legend to a digital powerhouse -- and lessons public television can learn from the Post's reinvention strategy. Movie buffs will recognize Marty as the hero of Spotlight, the Oscar-nominated story of the Boston Globe during his tenure as the Globe's editor.

Roberto J. Rodríguez, Deputy Assistant to the President for Education in the White House Domestic Policy Council, will discuss the future of American education and public television’s role in it.

Annise Parker, the 61st Mayor of Houston, Texas and a Member of the FirstNet Board, will discuss the public safety pilot that Houston Public Media conducted with the city and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security -- and what that initiative might portend for a future public television partnership with FirstNet, on whose board Mayor Parker serves.

3:30 p.m. – 3:55 p.m.
Meet and Greet Exhibitors & BreakExhibition Hall
Please take this opportunity to meet with The 2016 Public Media Summit Exhibitors. Learn about their companies, thank them for their contributions and support for public television, and register to win prizes.

Sponsored by Fast Forward by KET

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
General SessionBallroom
Turning Point: The Role of Advanced Broadcast Technology in Enhanced Service and New Business Opportunities
Join us to discuss not only the technological aspects of these transitions but also some very intriguing potential new revenue opportunities. Speakers include: Rebecca Hanson, Senior Vice President, Sinclair Broadcast Group, former spectrum auction expert in the FCC Media Bureau; Mark O’Brien, President & CTO of SpectraRep, and a consultant to the APTS Public Safety Coalition; Anne Schelle, Managing Director, Pearl TV; and John I. Taylor, Vice President, Public Affairs and Communications, LG Electronics USA, Inc. This session will be moderated by Eric Hyyppa, APTS and APTS Action, Inc. Board Chair and Director and General Manager, MontanaPBS.

Sponsor remarks by Emilio Pardo, President, Life Reimagined LLC & Executive VP, AARP.

6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Welcome ReceptionExhibition Hall
Sponsored by AARP's Life Reimagined

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Join us for presentations of the APTS Pillar of Public Service Award presented by Ronnie Agnew, Professional Vice Chair, APTS and APTS Action, Inc. Boards, and Executive Director, Mississippi Public Broadcasting, and the David J. Brugger Lay Leadership Award presented by Dr. Jo Ellen Chatham, Lay Vice Chair, APTS and APTS Action, Inc. Boards, and Board of Trustees of PBS SoCaL, Los Angeles.

NHK presentation with introduction by Jay Campbell, President, CAV International.

Remarks by Tsuruo Mochizuki, Deputy Managing Director, NHK WORLD TV; Miki Ebara, Editor-in-Chief, NEWSLINE; and Yosuko Takahashi, Senior Manager, NHK World TV Worldwide Distribution, JIB.

Sponsored by NHK WORLD TV


7:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
RegistrationBallroom Foyer

8:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Exhibition Hall OpenBallroom Foyer

8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
Breakfast Session Ballroom
Turning Point: The Future of Public Broadcasting
Join us to hear from Gordon Smith, President & CEO of the National Association of Broadcasters, who will offer his view on the future of broadcasting.

APTS/APTS Action, Inc. Membership Meetings
Conducted by Eric Hyyppa, APTS & APTS Action Inc. Board Chair, and Director and General Manager, MontanaPBS.

Sponsored by Sinclair Broadcast Group

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
General Session Ballroom (Closed to Press)
Turning Point: The Politics of Public Broadcasting
The APTS Action, Inc. legislative consultants speak about the current political environment in Washington D.C., the 2016 Presidential election and how federal funding for public media could be impacted. Moderated by Kate Riley, Vice President, Government and Public Affairs, APTS.

  • J. Keith Kennedy, Principal, Kennedy Enterprises
  • The Honorable Steve LaTourette, President, McDonald Hopkins Government Strategies
  • Danica Petroshius, Principal, Penn Hill Group
  • Domenic Ruscio, Partner, Cavarocchi Ruscio Dennis Associates, LLP

10:30 a.m. – 10:55 a.m.
Break Exhibition Hall
Sponsored by NAB

11:00 a.m. 12:30 p.m.
General Session – Ballroom (Closed to Press)
Turning Point: A Consistent Case for Public Funding
The APTS legislative staff will provide a dynamic presentation of the public television issues that are front and center in Washington, D.C. – federal funding requests, and grassroots and grasstops advocacy.

  • Kate Riley, Vice President, Government and Public Affairs, APTS
  • Cait Beroza, Advocacy & Social Media Manager, APTS
  • Jennifer Kieley, Director, Government Relations, APTS
  • Will Glasscock, Legislative and Policy Consultant, APTS

12:30 p.m. – 12:55 p.m.
BreakExhibition Hall

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Lunch Session Ballroom
"The Power of Public Media"
Please join CPB for a special lunch with CEO and President Patricia de Stacy Harrison and special guests including Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA); Victor Rios, professor and TED Talks Live Speaker; Stan Law, CEO, Birmingham YMCA; and Roy Clem, Executive Director, Alabama Public Television. The program will highlight the power of public media focused on community service and education. Through in-depth reporting, diverse perspectives and dialogue that connects our children and our communities, American Graduate public media organizations are advancing new models in local service and citizen engagement. The CPB Thought Leader Award will be presented to Representative Roybal-Allard.

Sponsored by CPB

2:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
General Session Ballroom
Turning Point: The Spectrum Auctions and Beyond
Join us for a panel discussion on the broadcast spectrum auction, channel repacking and what comes next with Howard Symons, Vice Chair of the FCC Incentive Auction Task Force, and William Lake, FCC Media Bureau Chief. Moderated by Allan Pizzato, Chair of the APTS Board Regulatory Committee, and General Manager, WYES, New Orleans, LA, and Lonna Thompson, Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel, APTS.

4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
BreakExhibition Hall
Sponsored by Re:Dream by KCPT

4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions

Lay Session with Legislative StaffRoosevelt Room (Closed to Press)
Turning Point: New Challenges for Lay Leaders
Lay attendees are invited to discuss legislative issues, advocacy strategies, the creation of strategic partnerships with public service allies and the entrepreneurial expertise lay leaders can bring to the future of public media. Moderated by Cait Beroza, Advocacy & Social Media Manager, APTS.

General Managers Session with APTS Staff - Ballroom (Closed to Press)
Turning Point: Our Strategy for Future Success
Patrick Butler, President and CEO, APTS, and Emil Mara, Vice President, Finance, Administration and Membership, APTS, will lead a discussion of the APTS strategic plan and implementation. Anthony Collebrusco, Research Associate, APTS, will give an overview of the Grant Center for Public Media. Stacey Karp, Communications Director, APTS, will speak about the APTS What Works toolbox. Will Glasscock, Legislative and Policy Consultant, APTS, will present on the APTS State Funding Resource.

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Join us for a special dinner event with Paula Kerger, President and CEO, PBS; Lesli Rotenberg, General Manager, Children's Media and Education, PBS; Jerry Wareham, President and CEO, ideastream in Cleveland; Lisa Henson, CEO, The Jim Henson Company; Bill Isler, CEO, The Fred Rogers Company; and Joanne Byrd Rogers, wife of Fred Rogers.
Sponsored by PBS

*APTS prize drawing will be done at the conclusion of dinner. (Must be present to win.)


7:30 a.m.
Bus Loading/Transportation to Capitol Hill Breakfast – Fairmont Side Lobby Entrance (M Street)
Sponsored by Penn Hill Group

8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Breakfast Program Room LJ-119, Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress
Presentation of the 2016 Champion of Public Broadcasting Awards to U.S. Senator Robert Casey (D-PA), U.S. Congressman Tom Cole (R-OK) and U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK).

Presentation of the 2016 National Advocacy Awards.

Sponsored by LG Electronics USA

All Day
Capitol Hill Day