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UNC-TV has a written strategic plan that is a public document, which includes this mission statement: Television has the power to change lives. Public Television has the responsibility to change lives for the better: a child far from urban resources is inspired to become a scientist, a high school dropout earns a GED, a homebound senior remains connected to the world of arts and culture, the family of an Alzheimer’s patient finds strength and support. UNC-TV’s unique programs and public media services provide people of all ages with enriching, life-changing television.
Fulfilling The Mission
UNC-TV receives feedback from viewers every day letting us know how much they appreciate our programs and services. UNC-TV is watched by more than 4 million viewers each week, and almost 75,000 members send in their contributions each year to keep UNC-TV on the air. During 2010-2011, UNC-TV and its partners produced 357 hours of original local programming, making it a leader in the public television industry in that respect. UNC-TV offers telecourses for college credit in partnership with North Carolina's universities, colleges, and community colleges. UNC-TV also broadcasts basic literacy education and high school equivalency training throughout the year. UNC-TV has received numerous regional Emmy Awards and many other honors for its programming and services over the years, including the 2010 Spectrum of Democracy Award from the North Carolina Center for Voter Education.
UNC-TV's Governance Structure
UNC-TV has a well-defined governance system that assures ample oversight that is both transparent and representative of the diverse views and interests of North Carolinians. As part of the University of North Carolina system, UNC-TV is ultimately responsible to the University’s Board of Governors, which owns UNC-TV's licenses to broadcast granted by the Federal Communications Commission. The Board of Governors is primarily appointed by the North Carolina General Assembly. In addition, UNC-TV’s Board of Trustees serves in a direct advisory capacity, assuring that public involvement and perspectives will have further influence on UNC-TV operations. The Board of Governors appoints 11 Board of Trustees members, the governor appoints four, and the president pro tempore of the senate and speaker of the house each appoint one. Five serve ex officio: the president of the University of North Carolina, the president of community colleges, the superintendent of public instruction, the secretary of health and human services, and the secretary of cultural resources.
Public Broadcasting Funding
In the United States, public broadcasting is funded by a unique combination of public and private support, and that includes UNC-TV. Some have questioned this model and asked if there are better alternatives. In other countries that have some form of public television — the BBC in Great Britain and the CBC in Canada are probably the most familiar examples — public television and radio broadcasters are fully funded by the national government, removing the need for any form of fundraising, underwriting from private sources, or funding from local governments. Most countries in the world have adopted this model for funding public broadcasting.
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