Rocky Mountain PBS, I-News and KUVO to Merge
DENVER -- Rocky
Mountain PBS, I-News and jazz89 KUVO/KVJZ announced they are joining forces.
“At a time when most media outlets are contracting, Rocky
Mountain PBS is expanding services and growing membership,” said Doug Price,
president and CEO of Rocky Mountain PBS. “We are proud of the partnerships we’ve
developed with I-News and KUVO/KVJZ over the years, and we’re excited about
improving public media for all Coloradans.”
Rocky Mountain PBS and I-News have
partnered since the launch of the nonprofit investigative news service in 2009.
The organizations have shared content and location. The I-News leadership team
and correspondents are award-winning journalists who are the recipients of
three Emmys and five Pulitzers. KUVO/KVJZ and Rocky
Mountain PBS have collaborated on projects in the past. The three
organizations have started the transition to share resources, information and
newsgathering capabilities. The formal merger between KUVO/KVJZ and Rocky Mountain PBS
is anticipated to close in April 2013.
These mergers are
a product of a strategic planning process that was inspired by the Rocky
Mountain PBS board of directors and the Gill Foundation. Last August, Rocky
Mountain PBS joined forces with the foundation to open the Tim Gill Center for
Public Media in Colorado Springs. This public media center brings together more
than 20 different partners and is serving as the public media hub for the
Southern Colorado community.
The collaboration is a
model for the entire state and country about how public media, universities,
libraries and nonprofits can join together to serve the community. The merged
partners hope to announce additional collaborations that will continue to build
on this new definition of public media.