The Board of the RGV Educational Broadcasting, Inc., which operates KMBH-TV, voted on Jan. 14 on three motions associated with plans to sell the television station.
The first authorizes Lawrence Miller and his law firm in Washington, D.C. to file the necessary application or paperwork with the Federal Communications Commission to convert the broadcast license from noncommercial to commercial.
The second authorizes David C. Garza, attorney for RGV Educational Broadcasting, Inc., to respond to a letter from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). According to the motion passed, the letter acknowledges the station’s obligations to repay certain grants totaling $789,776 to CPB, and notes the funds will be paid to CPB upon any ultimate sale of the station’s television license.
The third motion authorizes the chairman of the board to execute the local programming and management agreement (LMA) between RGV Educational Broadcasting, Inc. and MBTV Texas Valley LLC upon the finalization of the terms and conditions of said agreement by the attorneys.
An LMA is an agreement that would allow MBTV Texas Valley LLC to operate the station, which is currently owned by RGV Educational Broadcasting, Inc.
RGV Educational Broadcasting, Inc., a nonprofit corporation founded in 1983 under the auspices of the Catholic Diocese of Brownsville, has served the Rio Grande Valley community with Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) programming for 28 years.
KMBH-TV signed on the air in October 1985. Over the years, KMBH-TV has struggled to survive and generate the needed financial support from the community. CPB awards their annual grants based on the non-federal financial support.
The Most Rev. Daniel E. Flores, Bishop of the Diocese of Brownsville, said “the commitment to ensuring educational broadcasting for the people of the Rio Grande Valley dates back 30 years when Bishop John J. Fitzpatrick first purchased the license. As you can imagine, operating a television station for 30 years is an expensive endeavor, and it is important to act prudently as we consider the best way to use our resources in a rapidly growing diocese.”
Bishop Flores added, “The board of directors is doing everything possible as it negotiates the sale of the television station to keep PBS programming on the air in the Rio Grande Valley.”
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