June 21, 2018
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MPBN to hold public session in Orono for suggestions

By Jessica Bloch, BDN Staff

ORONO, Maine — A series of sessions for the public to discuss what it wants from Maine Public Broadcasting Network will continue Thursday on the University of Maine campus.

The session will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Treat Room of Buchanan Alumni House.

Officials from MPBN, including President and CEO Jim Dowe, will take questions and listen to suggestions from the public on any topic.

The meetings have been held during the last several years in areas from Newport to southern Maine, but the Orono meeting is the first in the Bangor area in several years, as far as David Morse, MPBN vice president for advancement and new media, can recall.

“It’s one of our commitments in our strategic plan and to reach out to the public and get their input into what they like about MPBN, any suggestions they have, any comments they have,” Morse said. “This is our effort to reach out to communities to provide them access.

MPBN held a similar public session in Calais in April after the network announced that it was shutting down two towers in a cost-cutting effort, meaning residents in Washington and Aroostook counties no longer would receive radio and television transmissions. MPBN later reversed itself after a public outcry.

Topics at other public meetings have included programming, coverage, the high-definition conversion, state and federal funding, and questions about National Public Radio and Public Broadcasting System programming.

“It’s very candid, very open and terrific,” Morse said.

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