WASHINGTON – January 22, 2015 – Patrick Butler, president and chief executive officer of the Association of Public Television Stations (APTS), made the following statement today on the passing of Peggy Charren:
“The public television community is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Peggy Charren. Peggy was a true champion of educational television for children, which remains a central mission of public television stations throughout America. Through her efforts, millions of young Americans have gotten ready to learn in school and succeed in life, and it’s hard to imagine a better legacy than that.
“In 2009, APTS was proud to present Peggy with the David J. Brugger Grassroots Advocacy Award, in recognition of her relentless efforts to secure legislative and regulatory policies that enhance educational television. No one ever deserved this award more than Peggy.
“We mourn her loss, but we celebrate her amazing life of service, and we are grateful for her immense contributions to public television and to the children of America.”
The Association of Public Television Stations (APTS) is a nonprofit membership organization established in 1979. The mission of APTS is to conduct – in concert with member stations – advocacy, planning, research, communications and other activities that foster a strong and financially sound public television system providing essential public services to all Americans. Its affiliate APTS Action, Inc. promotes the legislative and regulatory interests of noncommercial television stations at the national level through direct advocacy and through grasstops and grassroots campaigns designed to garner bipartisan congressional support. For more information, visit www.apts.org.