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Little Rock Public Radio: A Digital Rebranding for a New Era

General Manager Jonathan Seaborn announced the rebranding last month, along with new hires. read more >
Courtney Pledger has persevered through five not always smooth years as chief of Arkansas PBS, formerly the Arkansas Educational Television Network. “I’m nothing if not stubborn,” Pledger said.
Construction / Education / Government & Politics / Media & Marketing

Arkansas PBS Completes 3 of 4 New Transmitters

The project is bolstering broadcast availability in all or part of 31 counties that had been getting a weak signal, or none at all. read more >
Courtney Pledger has persevered through five not always smooth years as chief of Arkansas PBS, formerly the Arkansas Educational Television Network. “I’m nothing if not stubborn,” Pledger said.
Education / Government & Politics / Media & Marketing

Arkansas PBS Wins Top Content Prize at Public Media Awards, Again

The winning content included the development and production of a summer learning series with the Arkansas Department of Education. read more >
Courtney Pledger has persevered through five not always smooth years as chief of Arkansas PBS, formerly the Arkansas Educational Television Network. “I’m nothing if not stubborn,” Pledger said.
Education / Government & Politics / Media & Marketing

Arkansas PBS Wins Top Content Prize at Public Media Awards, Again

The winning content included the development and production of a summer learning series with the Arkansas Department of Education. read more >
Construction / Education / Government & Politics / Media & Marketing

Arkansas PBS Toasts New Tower, Access to Delta Viewers

The new tower is the second of four transmitters added to extend broadcast coverage to 31 counties. read more >
Courtney Pledger has persevered through five not always smooth years as chief of Arkansas PBS, formerly the Arkansas Educational Television Network. “I’m nothing if not stubborn,” Pledger said.
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Courtney Pledger Commits Herself To Arkansas, and Awaits Her Raise

Despite being wooed for other positions, Pledger, executive director and CEO of Arkansas PBS, has transformed the public media station in her five-year tenure. read more >
Filmmakers Craig (left) and Brent Renaud

Arkansas Filmmaker Killed in Ukraine Recalled as Fearless, Thoughtful

"At the first sign of something dangerous or unknown, he’s compelled to tell the story," a friend said of Brent Renaud. read more >
Government & Politics / Media & Marketing

Arkansas PBS Takes Overall Excellence Awards Again at NETA Contest

The station's "Reading in the Delta" program won best local project. read more >
Education / Government & Politics / Media & Marketing / Nonprofits

Grants to Help Arkansas PBS Build ‘Learning Neighborhood’

The program will help kids build skills like functional literacy and critical thinking, and show them eventual career options in age-appropriate ways. read more >
Education / Government & Politics / Media & Marketing

Turmoil in Rearview, Arkansas PBS Foundation Adds 3 Members

The Arkansas PBS Foundation has a new name, a new board president and new board members as it supports a bigger role than ever for Arkansas PBS, formerly the Arkansas Educational Television Network. read more >
Rich Hillman
Agriculture & Poultry / Nonprofits

Farm Bureau, Arkansas PBS Put Spotlight on Ag in ‘Good Roots’

Arkansas PBS will celebrate the state’s largest industry, agriculture, and the people it touches in a new partnership with Arkansas Farm Bureau of Little Rock. read more >
Courtney Pledger is executive director and CEO of Arkansas Educational Television Network.
Education / Government & Politics / Media & Marketing

The Education of Courtney Pledger

Arkansas PBS, now far more than the state’s educational TV network, claimed a basket of recent accolades after taking a crucial role during the pandemic: broadcasting a remote curriculum to the state’s children while continuing to evolve into a multiplatform conduit for telling Arkansas stories. read more >
Marge Betley, CEO of Arkansas PBS Foundation
Media & Marketing

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 >
Education / Media & Marketing

$5.18M From COVID Fund Will Finance Arkansas PBS Broadcast Expansion

Arkansas PBS, the state’s educational television network, has had $5.18 million in Arkansas coronavirus relief money earmarked for it to expand its broadcast TV coverage to pockets of the state that are now out of range. read more >
Executive Director Courtney Pledger consulted with Gov. Asa Hutchinson before announcing a new name for AETN: Arkansas PBS.
Education / Government & Politics / Nonprofits

With Captive Audience, Arkansas PBS Sees Viewership Boom

Arkansas PBS is reporting dramatic viewership increases on the state's educational television network and online during the coronavirus pandemic as Arkansans find the Conway-based public media hub "increasingly at the center of their lives." read more >
Chris Jones
Nonprofits

Arkansas PBS Foundation Adds 4 to Board

The Arkansas PBS Foundation Board has four new board members, including Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub Director Chris Jones. read more >
Executive Director Courtney Pledger consulted with Gov. Asa Hutchinson before announcing a new name for AETN: Arkansas PBS.
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Arkansas PBS to Air Lessons For Pre-K Through 8th Grade

The newly rebranded Arkansas PBS, the state’s public television network, is taking a new role in teaching pre-kindergarten through 8th-grade pupils remotely while schools are ordered closed in the coronavirus pandemic. 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.
Media & Marketing / Nonprofits

AETN Reaches Compromise; Foundation to Get Its Own CEO

The Arkansas Educational Television Network Commission briskly voted to approve a compromise with its fundraising arm Tuesday morning, ending months of feuding with the AETN Foundation. read more >
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AETN Commission to Meet in Midday Teleconference

The Arkansas Educational Television Network Commission, stuck in a monthslong standoff with its own fundraising nonprofit, the AETN Foundation, will meet in a teleconference call at 11:30 a.m. read more >