WASHINGTON, D.C. – December 4, 2020 – America’s Public Television Stations (APTS) president and CEO Patrick Butler issued the following statement on Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Commissioner Michael O’Rielly’s intent to leave the Commission next week:
“America’s Public Television Stations congratulate FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly on his extraordinarily successful tenure at the Commission.”
“We have been fortunate to work closely with Commissioner O’Rielly on issues ranging from ATSC 3.0 Next Gen TV services to educational children’s programming to public safety datacasting uses in America. We were honored to have Commissioner O’Rielly join us at our 2020 Public Media Summit this year, sharing his insights and expertise with hundreds of public television station leaders from across the country.
“Commissioner O’Rielly has been a strong supporter of public television and recognizes the value of our stations’ services to their communities, including the very rural areas that our stations reach with coverage of nearly 97 percent of our country’s population.
“We are immensely grateful for Commissioner O’Rielly’s support of public television and our work in education, public safety and civic leadership, and we wish him all the best in the next chapter of his life.”
America’s Public Television Stations (APTS) is a nonprofit membership organization ensuring a strong and financially sound public television system and helping member stations provide essential public services in education, public safety and civic leadership to the American people. For more information, visit www.apts.org.