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NETA Affinity Groups

NETA provides support for a number of public television station organizations or affinity groups, as well as a coalition representing the leadership of all of these groups. These partnerships are dedicated to addressing the needs of the public media system through multiple channels and were created to develop an online learning ecosystem, in-person training opportunities, webinars, peer networks and other tools focusing on several areas of need including management, public media 101, discipline specific training and leadership development.

For more information about any of these groups or to inquire about membership, contact Eric Hyyppa.

Small Station Association (SSA)

The Small Station Association supports public television stations, typically with operating budgets under $5M, although membership is available to others as well. The group meets electronically on a regular basis and works to share best practices and advocate on behalf of its member stations.

University Licensee Association (ULA)

The University Licensee Association supports public television licensees who are part of a higher education institution. The group meets electronically on a regular basis and works to share best practices and advocate on behalf of its member stations.

Joint Licensee Group (JLG)

The Joint Licensee Group supports public television licensees who operate both radio and television services from a common licensee. The group meets electronically on a regular basis and works to share best practices and advocate on behalf of its member stations.  

Independent Public Television Station Association (IPTSA)

The IPTSA supports public television licensees who operate public television services either independently of PBS membership, or as PDP stations in their markets. The group meets electronically on a regular basis and works to share best practices and advocate on behalf of its member stations.

Public Television Major Market Group (PTMMG)

The PTMMG supports public television licensees who serve the nation’s largest television markets. The group meets in person and electronically to share best practices, develop collaborative initiatives, and advocate on behalf of their membership and the system. For more information or to inquire about membership, contact Deanna Mackie.

OSBE

The Organization of State Broadcasting Executives (OSBE), formally organized in 1986, is an interstate collaborative composed of CEOs of public television agencies operating multi-transmitter networks, or associations serving statewide station groups. The group meets twice annually and electronically, working on common concerns, and pooling resources for the common good. Its members account for over 60% of the transmitters in the public television system.

AGC

The Public Television Affinity Group Coalition (AGC) was founded to serve as a forum for addressing system-wide issues of interest to public television stations. It is a station-led coalition of two representatives each from public television’s major affinity groups – member organizations that represent public television stations based on licensee type, community size and service profile.

Members include The Small Station Association, the Major Market Group, the Independent Public Television Station Association (IPTSA)  OSBE, NETA, The Joint Licensee group, the University Licensees group.