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Howe to step down from UNC-TV

Posted October 1, 2013

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— Tom Howe, director and general manager of UNC-TV, announced Tuesday that he plans to retire Feb. 1. He has been in the role since 1992, the longest term for any UNC-TV GM.

During his tenure, Howe saw UNC-TV through the transition from analog to digital and expanded network programming to 24 hours a day across four channels. UNC-TV reaches more people than all but three other public television networks in the country.

"Under Tom’s leadership, UNC-TV has grown and remained strong in the face of many challenges. UNC-TV will certainly miss his experience and dedication," said Robb Teer, chairman of the UNC-TV Board of Trustees.

In a 45-year career in public television, Howe spent time in Seattle, New Mexico, Hawaii, Nebraska and San Diego. His work contributed to a national Emmy Award, a Peabody and more than 40 local Emmys.

In 2003, the North Carolina Association of Broadcasters presented Howe with its Distinguished Service Award, and in 2004 he received the Governors’ Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Board of Governors of theNashville/Midsouth Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

In 2012, the North Carolina Association of Broadcasters inducted Howe into its Hall of Fame.

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  • Nope Oct 10, 2013

    ""3. PBS shows present evolution as fact. At least they should leave open the possibility that the universe didn't evolve over billions of years from a tiny particle that spontaneously erupted or whatever."

    Ok, I see the problem. UNC is educational tv. You need to watch the 700 club.

  • spoonman Oct 7, 2013

    "3. PBS shows present evolution as fact. At least they should leave open the possibility that the universe didn't evolve over billions of years from a tiny particle that spontaneously erupted or whatever."

    lol - or whatever... stick with cable

  • westernwake1 Oct 4, 2013

    "DEFUND PBS and their liberal propaganda. If you want it, then YOU pay for it." - Jimm57

    What an incredibly inane and mindless comment that clearly demonstrates you do not have a clue that the huge majority comes from member donations, and that the bulk of programming is educational.

  • NCSU84 Oct 4, 2013

    He has done a good job. Enjoy retirement.

  • tightwad Oct 3, 2013

    My biggest UNC-TV complaints:
    1. Over the air reception in Raleigh is bad, but thankfully we've got a roku and can get some PBS shows with it
    2. Every NC Weekend episode goes to a winery - good grief, how many wineries are there in this state? They are all the same. Obviously the producers love their wine.
    3. PBS shows present evolution as fact. At least they should leave open the possibility that the universe didn't evolve over billions of years from a tiny particle that spontaneously erupted or whatever. And where did you say that first particle came from in the first place? {crickets}

    There are some shows I like, if it's not too windy outside and we can pick them up. I still watch more PBS than anything else, but I very often question their programming schedule.

  • cw75234 Oct 3, 2013

    "DEFUND PBS and their liberal propaganda. If you want it, then YOU pay for it." - Jimm57

    Almost all of UNC-TV's budget comes from member donations. What it DOES receive from the federal and state levels is incredibly miniscule relative to each gov't entity's budgets. Other than a couple of hours of news at night, almost all of its programming is entirely educational in nature. It's also really the last safe haven for safe, decent educational programming for kids.

    I'm guessing you don't watch the channel and just generally are unaware of what it does.

  • krisandbruiser Oct 3, 2013

    UNCTV is a great asset to North Carolina. Tom has done much for the station. We wish him good luck in retirement.

  • Jimm57 Oct 2, 2013

    DEFUND PBS and their liberal propaganda. If you want it, then YOU pay for it.