WASHINGTON, D.C. - February 2, 2017 - Patrick Butler, president and chief executive officer of America's Public Television Stations (APTS), issued the following statement today:
"America’s Public Television Stations are most grateful for today’s action by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) setting aside the Media Bureau's order that required noncommercial educational television stations to file personal information for their boards of directors in mischaracterized station 'ownership' filings.
"The public, in all its diversity, 'owns' our stations, and station directors serve as volunteers without remuneration or any other financial interest. We applaud the new Commission majority’s understanding of this fundamental fact of public television, and we appreciate its swift action to overturn a well-intentioned but misbegotten order."
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