Public Broadcasting In The Modern Age

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On this edition of Conversations from Studio B, WOUB’s Director and General Manager Tom Hodson talks with Neil Mahrer, president and CEO of the Mahrer Group.

Mahrer served as executive vice president and chief operating officer at PBS during his 17-year tenure with the organization. Mahrer has also held positions at some of the nation's premier PBS stations, including WETA and WQED.

Hodson and Mahrer discuss fundraising at the Public Broadcasting Service, the value public broadcasting still holds today and what it may look like in the future.

"Somewhere in the mix of all of this media, and now all of this social media, somebody has to devote some portion of the resources, some portion of the time, to a non-commercial public service purpose," said Mahrer. "Somebody has to be thinking, how do you use all of this media as a public good? As a public service first, not second."