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Created in 1967 by the West Virginia Legislature, the Educational Broadcasting Authority’s vision is to be the most trusted and compelling media source for lifelong learning and positive change in all of the communities it serves. The Educational Broadcasting Authority – operating as West Virginia Public Broadcasting -- creates value for all West Virginians through an unparalleled combination of quality national and local programming and educational and outreach services that enlighten, challenge, entertain and inspire diverse audiences through excellence in non-commercial telecommunications.
The Educational Broadcasting Authority holds the licenses for all the stations of West Virginia Public Radio and West Virginia PBS (public television). The Authority consists of 11 voting members, four of whom are appointed by the enabling legislation and the remaining seven being appointed by the Governor. The Authority sets the policies of West Virginia Public Broadcasting and the Executive Director manages the work of the organization on the Authority’s behalf.
The Authority receives almost half of its funding from the state. The remaining funds come from individual contributions, foundation grants, underwriting and federal dollars. All private funds are received through one of two 501(c)3 organizations: The West Virginia Public Broadcasting Foundation, the and the Friends of West Virginia Public Broadcasting.
The West Virginia Public Broadcasting Foundation is organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes and receives, holds, disperses and invests monies or property given or donated to the Authority. The Friends of West Virginia Public Broadcasting are responsible for receiving donated funds from individuals for annual membership in their respective organization.