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Marge Betley, CEO of Arkansas PBS Foundation
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Arkansas PBS Foundation Gets New CEO After Schism

After a leadership showdown and a nationwide search, the Arkansas PBS Foundation board has chosen a new CEO, experienced fundraiser Marge Betley. read more >
Executive Director Courtney Pledger consulted with Gov. Asa Hutchinson before announcing a new name for AETN: Arkansas PBS.
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AETN, Now Arkansas PBS, Looks to Turn CornerLock Icon

While pushing its traditional TV role into the digital age, Arkansas PBS, until recently the Arkansas Educational Television Network, is also at a crossroads of identity. read more >
Courtney Pledger is executive director and CEO of Arkansas Educational Television Network.
Government & Politics / Nonprofits

Governor Says AETN Chief Will Take Lesson From Audit

Gov. Asa Hutchinson weighed in on controversies at AETN late Monday, assuring Arkansans that Executive Director Courtney Pledger will learn from an audit report finding $400,000 in misused spending. read more >
Courtney Pledger is executive director and CEO of Arkansas Educational Television Network.
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AETN Offers Compromise in Standoff With Foundation

AETN is offering proposals that could end a six-month dispute with its nonprofit fund-raising arm, according to details revealed in an emergency conference-call meeting of the network's commission. read more >
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AETN Standoff Drags OnLock Icon

Three months after setting a deadline, there has been no resolution announced in a stalemate that followed the firing of chief fundraiser Mona Dixon, the AETN Foundation COO who had been a fixture in Arkansas educational TV for three decades. read more >
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AETN Foundation Lawyers UpLock Icon

Lawyers are talking and meetings are set in the power struggle between the Arkansas Educational Telecommunications Network and its nonprofit fundraising arm, the AETN Foundation. read more >
The AETN Commission, chaired by Annette Herrington at left, has demanded its executive director, Courtney Pledger in center, to be reinstated as director and CEO of the AETN Foundation, chaired by Lynne Rich at right.
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Documents Shed Light on AETN Power Struggle

A deal to end a power struggle between the state’s educational TV network and its nonprofit fundraising foundation is under negotiation. read more >
Mona Dixon
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Ousted Mona Dixon Floats Deal to AETNLock Icon

Details are emerging about a settlement offer floated by Mona Dixon, the longtime AETN Foundation COO who was dismissed by AETN Executive Director Courtney Pledger in February. read more >
Courtney Pledger is executive director and CEO of Arkansas Educational Television Network.
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AETN Standoff Still on StandbyLock Icon

A crucial deadline in the Arkansas Educational Telecommunications Network’s standoff with its nonprofit fundraising foundation came and went this month with no resolution. read more >
Courtney Pledger is executive director and CEO of Arkansas Educational Television Network.
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AETN Commission Demands Allegiance to PledgerLock Icon

The Arkansas Educational Television Network Commission has issued an ultimatum to its nonprofit counterpart, the fundraising AETN Foundation: Get on board with Executive Director Courtney Pledger or else. read more >
Courtney Pledger, AETN executive director
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Pledger Actions Drive AETN Employees to ComplainLock Icon

Bad blood at the Arkansas Educational Television Network is spilling further into public, with employees accusing Executive Director Courtney Pledger of forcing early retirements, retaliating against subordinates who question her and holding employees in “open contempt.” read more >
AETN Commission Chairman Annette Herrington praised AETN Executive Director Courtney Pledger in a meeting last week. The firing of AETN Foundation COO Mona Dixon wasn't brought up.
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Rocked by Rift, Pledger Earns Applause at AETN Commission MeetingLock Icon

The rift between the Arkansas Educational Television Network and its support and fundraising arm, the AETN Foundation, didn’t get any mention at Tuesday’s quarterly meeting of the AETN Commission in Little Rock. read more >
 Courtney Pledger and Mona Dixon
Government & Politics / Legal

Consulting Payment, Veteran COO’s Firing Open Rift Between AETN and Foundation

Questions about payment practices and the subsequent firing of a three-decade employee have jolted the Conway headquarters of the Arkansas Educational Television Network and its nonprofit partner and fundraiser, the AETN Foundation. read more >