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A Top Public TV Exec Abruptly Resigns

Mar 16, 2010  •  Post A Comment

A top public television executive has abruptly resigned after just over a year on the job, Current reports. 

The president of the Association of Public Television Stations (APTS), Larry Sidman, said he’s resigning, effective April 1.

Sidman told Current that he’s leaving for “personal and professional reasons,” and that was backed up by the APTS board chair. But sources told the public broadcasting trade that the APTS board had voted to exercise an option in Sidman’s contract and ask for his resignation.

During Sidman’s tenure, APTS negotiated digital carriage agreements for public stations with cable operators, Verizon and DirecTV, but has yet to come an agreement with the Dish network.

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