WVa Governor Retains Broadcasting Position

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- Gov. Joe Manchin will continue as chairman of the board that controls public broadcasting in West Virginia for at least another year.

Manchin was unanimously elected chairman of the Educational Broadcasting Authority last week. He first assumed the post in 2005, but his term had expired in July.

When Manchin first took the position, some lawmakers feared he would interfere with programming and news gathering on state radio and tv.

Skip Hinton, president of the National Educational Telecommunications Association, says a governor serving as chairman of a Public Broadcasting Authority is practically unheard of.

State arts and education secretary Kay Goodwin says the board was happy that Manchin was willing to serve for another year.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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