From Our President & CEO

David FogartyApril/May 2020

It’s early March as I write this, but spring is approaching and it will be welcomed. And I hope you’ll find the array of programming on your Public Television stations, CET & ThinkTV, every bit as welcoming!

We are also approaching the final quarter of our Fiscal Year 2020, and I’d like to say a timely “Thank You” to the Members who joined or renewed their support during our March Membership Campaign. Your support makes all we do possible – and makes all that we offer available to everyone across our region.

Our first-ever regional CET/ThinkTV Action Auction takes center stage April 20 – 25. You can watch on CET, ThinkTV16 and online. Hundreds of volunteers will be waiting for your calls. We hope you watch, bid and buy!

All of our fundraising has one purpose: To bring you the very best programming on-air, online and on-demand.

Masterpiece premieres World on Fire, an emotionally gripping World War II drama that follows the fates of ordinary people in five countries as they grapple with the effects of war in their everyday lives. From Masterpiece Mystery, Tchéky Karyo revives his role as French detective Julien Baptiste in the return of Baptiste. Another new show, Asian Americans, a five-part documentary, examines the role of Asian Americans in shaping history and identity of our country, from the first wave of Asian immigrants in the 1850s to the political, social and cultural turmoil of the twentieth century and the modern refugee crises in a globally-connected world.

Then, a major new documentary from Ken Burns and Barak Goodman, The Gene: An Intimate History, captures the story of the stunning revolution in genetics that is transforming medical science. Told through the experience of patients and scientists who are leading the search for cures to the world’s rarest and most complex diseases, The Gene is a welcomed addition to Burn’s unique stories. In NOVA’s The Truth about Fat, scientists are coming to understand fat as a complex “organ” – one where size may have more to do with biological processes than personal choices. And Blood Sugar Rising follows the diabetes epidemic in the United States. Then, from Independent Lens, the documentary Bedlam chronicles the poignant stories of people struggling with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and other chronic psychiatric conditions. Finally H2O: The Molecule That Made Us is a landmark three-part series that tells the human story through our relationship to water.

On a final note, in the annual national survey on the media, PBS and its member stations have once again (for the 16th consecutive year) been ranked #1 in public trust. Public Television continues as the highest-ranked educational media provider, with PBS Kids ranked #1 in helping to prepare children for success in school and in life. Finally, a strong majority of respondents view federal support of Public Television as an excellent use of tax dollars – second only to military spending.

We’re proud to enjoy your trust, viewership and support. Thank you for making everything we do possible.

All the best,

David Fogarty

David M. Fogarty
President & CEO
CET & ThinkTV