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Community Advisory Board

At WTIU, our mission is to serve our diverse audiences to the best of our ability. The Community Advisory Board (CAB) is designed to represent the interests of our viewers and listeners, and to communicate these interests to us.

Mission Statement

The Community Advisory Board shall reflect the communities served by WTIU Public Television through the review of programming and policies. The CAB shall also advise station administration with respect to the educational and cultural needs of the communities in WTIU’s service area, and make recommendations it considers appropriate to meet such needs.

About the Community Advisory Board

  • The CAB is an autonomous body that operates independently from station management, with the power to elect its own officers and to determine its own agenda.
  • The CAB may to review the programming goals established by the station, the service provided by the station, and the significant policy decisions rendered by the station.
  • The CAB may make recommendations to station management.
  • The meetings of the CAB are open to the public.

The CAB consists of a group of individual members, representing the viewers of WTIU Public Television.

Through its regular public meetings, the Community Advisory Board is informed of program development, production and outreach projects proposed by WTIU. The CAB is provided the opportunity to review and advise the station on programming and projects in progress.

In its advisory capacity, the CAB assists WTIU with the development and implementation of appropriate and effective mechanisms for community input as it pertains to program planning and development.

The CAB determines and recommends projects to serve the service area, and provides WTIU with relevant feedback. These interactions allow WTIU to reflect and respond to the interests of our community.

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Community Advisory Board Bylaws

ARTICLE I

Purpose of the Community Advisory Board. In accordance with Section 396 (k) (8) (b) of the Public Telecommunications Financing Act of 1978, the Community Advisory Board shall be permitted to review the programming goals established by the station, the service provided by the station, and the significant policy decisions rendered by the station. The board also may be delegated any other responsibilities as determined by the governing body of the station. The board shall advise the governing body of the station with respect to whether the programming and other policies of such station are meeting the specialized educational and cultural needs of the communities served by the station and may make recommendations, as it considers appropriate, to meet such needs.

The role of the board shall be solely advisory in nature, except to the extent other responsibilities are delegated to the board by the governing body of the station. In no case shall the board have any authority to exercise any control over the daily management or operation of the station.

ARTICLE II

SECTION 1. Board Members. In order to appropriately reflect the community, candidates for the Community Advisory Board will be nominated by those existing members of the Community Advisory Board serving on the nominating committee, or by any board member. Nominations from the general public and station employees also will be accepted. Nominations will be voted on by the entire Board. A candidate will be accepted if approved by a majority of the Board members.

SECTION 2. Term of Service. Board members/officers will serve for a term of three years and not exceed three consecutive terms.  CAB members will be financially contributing members of WTIU each year of their service.

SECTION 3. Board. The Community Advisory Board will not exceed 18 members at any given time.

SECTION 4. Vacancies. If a Board member is unable to complete the term, the nominating committee will nominate a candidate for consideration by the Board.

SECTION 6. Attendance. Members who miss more than three consecutive meetings may be asked to relinquish their seats on the Board. Leaves of Absence will be granted at the discretion of the Board.  Members are expected to attend no less than three meetings annually:  two of those meetings will be in person and one may be via teleconference.  Any members not able to meet those minimum attendance requirements may be removed from the CAB at the discretion of the Chair with majority consent of the CAB.

ARTICLE III

SECTION 1. Regular Meetings. The Community Advisory Board will have no fewer than four (4) meetings per year.

SECTION 2. Special Meetings. The Chair of the Community Advisory Board and Secretary shall be empowered to call meetings as necessary.

SECTION 3. Quorum. One third (1/3) of voting members of the Community Advisory Board shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business at any meeting of the Board, and the action of a majority of such members present and voting at such a meeting shall be the act of the Board. Once properly convened, a meeting of the Board shall not be terminated for lack of a quorum thereafter.

SECTION 4. Notice of Meetings. All meetings and locations of the CAB will be posted with reasonable notice and minutes of the meetings will be available on the station’s website for public review. Board members in attendance will be noted in the minutes.

ARTICLE IV

SECTION 1. Officers. The executive members of the Community Advisory Board will consist of the Chair person and Vice-Chair person, both of whom shall be elected from and by the members of the Community Advisory Board.

SECTION 2. Chairperson. The Chairperson of the Board, Vice-Chair person or designated member shall preside at all meetings of the Board, and shall perform such other duties and have such powers as may be prescribed by the Board of these bylaws. The Chairperson shall inform the station of any content which should be included in its annual report.

SECTION 3. Vice-Chair. The Vice-Chair person shall assume the duties and responsibilities of the administration of the Community Advisory Board in the absence of the Chairperson.

SECTION 4. Secretary. The recording Secretary may work with station staff as appropriate to assist in recording meeting minutes.  The minutes of CAB meetings shall be recorded by an employee of WTIU Public Television. The Secretary is responsible for the reporting of minutes from CAB meetings to the CAB as well as WTIU’s governing body via the Secretary of the Indiana University Board of Trustees.

SECTION 5. Nominating Committee.  The Nominating Committee will be appointed by the Chair and will consist of no fewer than four current members of the CAB.  They will meet as needed to identify individuals to recommend to the full CAB for membership consideration.  The selection criteria for new members will consider geographic representation, age group, gender, occupation, cultural and ethnic groups, and any other factors deemed necessary and appropriate to represent the communities and constituencies served by WTIU.

ARTICLE V

Responsibilities of the Board. The Community Advisory Board will follow and comply with the “Community Advisory Board Requirements” section of the “Communications Act and Certification Requirements for CPB Station Grant Participants.”

ARTICLE VI

Amendment of the Bylaws. Amendment of these bylaws shall be made by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the full Board. Proposed by-law revisions shall be sent to Board members with notice of the meeting at least two weeks prior to the meeting.

ARTICLE VII

Rules of Order. The rules contained in “Robert’s Rules of Order” shall govern the Board’s meetings in all cases to which they are applicable.

ARTICLE VIII

Equal Opportunity. No Board decisions shall be made that discriminate in the matters of race, color, creed, sex, handicapping condition, or similar criteria that are in violation of Equal Employment Opportunity laws.

Public Telecommunications Financing Act of 1978 Section 396 (k) (8)

(A)

Funds may not be distributed pursuant to this subpart to any public broadcast station (other than any station which is owned and operated by a State, a political or special purpose subdivision of a State, or a public agency) unless such station establishes a community advisory board. Any such station shall undertake good faith efforts to assure that (i) its advisory board meets at regular intervals; (ii) the members of its advisory board regularly attend the meetings of the advisory board; and (iii) the composition of its advisory board are [3] reasonably representative of the diverse needs and interests of the communities served by such station.

(B)

The board shall be permitted to review the programming goals established by the station, the service provided by the station, and the significant policy decisions rendered by the station. The board may also be delegated any other responsibilities, as determined by the governing body of the station. The board shall advise the governing body of the station with respect to whether the programming and other policies of such station are meeting the specialized educational and cultural needs of the communities served by the station, and may make such recommendations as it considers appropriate to meet such needs.

(C)

The role of the board shall be solely advisory in nature, except to the extent other responsibilities are delegated to the board by the governing body of the station. In no case shall the board have any authority to exercise any control over the daily management or operation of the station.

(D)

In the case of any public broadcast station (other than any station which is owned and operated by a State, a political or special purpose subdivision of a State, or a public agency) in existence on November 2, 1978, such station shall comply with the requirements of this paragraph with respect to the establishment of a community advisory board not later than 180 days after November 2, 1978.

(E)

The provision of subparagraph (A) prohibiting the distribution of funds to any public broadcast station (other than any station which is owned and operated by a State, a political or special purpose subdivision of a State, or a public agency) unless such station establishes a community advisory board shall be the exclusive remedy for the enforcement of the provisions of this paragraph.

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