CHARLESTON, W.VA. — West Virginia Public Broadcasting will continue to provide essential news and entertainment across WVPB’s statewide television, radio and digital network throughout the duration of the stay-at-home directive from Governor Justice.
Programming will continue to be provided by a mix of remote and in-studio employees, said Executive Director Chuck Roberts in a message to employees Monday. He said all nonessential employees will be asked to stay at home and abide by the governor’s order. Employees in charge of keeping the radio, television and digital programming on the air, satellite feeds working, and towers repaired and transmitting, will be asked to report to work while following social distancing protocols. Much of the news team, along with many people from other departments, will be working remotely.
“We have an important job to do and we take it very seriously,” Roberts said. “When you watch a press conference from the Capitol, you’re more than likely watching it on a feed provided by WVPB. Throughout this situation, many West Virginians are getting their news right from the source on our website and Facebook pages or on The West Virginia Channel. We are happy to provide that important service at a time like this. It will continue.
“The health and safety of our employees and their loved ones is critical, and we’re all responsible for slowing the roll of COVID-19. So, we’ve worked out a creative system to still fulfill our obligation to our loyal audience members,” Roberts said.
West Virginia Public Broadcasting engages more than 2 million people every year utilizing its radio and television towers, as well as its news site, wvpublic.org.
WVPB is an indispensable resource for education, news and public affairs, emergency services and economic development for West Virginia. Headquartered in Charleston, West Virginia, the agency has locations and/or reporters in Morgantown, Wheeling, Shepherdstown and Beckley.
The entire WVPB team, from production to news, and education to programming, aspires to inform, educate, protect, and inspire our listeners and viewers of the Mountain State’s public broadcasting organization.
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