APTS Provides Members With Updated Model Channel Sharing Agreement

WASHINGTON – June 16, 2015 – The Association of Public Television Stations (APTS) yesterday sent its member stations an updated model channel sharing agreement.

“This channel sharing agreement is intended to help public television stations make decisions that are best for their stations and their local communities regarding the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) spectrum auction and repacking process,” said APTS Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel Lonna Thompson.

“A successful auction and repacking of our broadcasters is in the best interests of all involved industries,” said Thompson. “APTS provided this model channel sharing agreement to give its member stations a starting point for considering the issues involved in undertaking a channel sharing arrangement with another party, as well as how a channel sharing arrangement might be structured.”

The model channel sharing agreement can be found on the APTS website, and will also be available on the PBS Station Management Center website and the FCC LEARN website.

About APTS
The Association of Public Television Stations (APTS) is a nonprofit membership organization established in 1979. APTS represents the overwhelming majority of the 171 public television licensees nationwide. The mission of APTS is to conduct - in concert with member stations - strategic planning, research, advocacy and communications activities to foster strong and financially sound noncommercial television. APTS also works to ensure member stations' commitment and capacity to perform essential public service missions in education, public safety and civic leadership for the American people. For more information, visit www.apts.org.