An Exciting Partnership for the Colorado Community
We have exciting news to share with you! Rocky Mountain PBS, I-News (now known as Rocky Mountain PBS News) and public radio station KUVO announced in January that they are joining to redefine public media for Colorado's viewers, readers and listeners.
"At a time when most media outlets are contracting, Rocky Mountain PBS is expanding services and growing membership," said Doug Price, president and CEO of Rocky Mountain PBS. "We are proud of the partnerships we've developed with I-News and KUVO/KVJZ over the years, and we're excited about improving public media for all Coloradans."
"We are thrilled to formalize our long-standing relationship with Rocky Mountain PBS and help all communities use the in-depth reporting we provide to supplement the capacity of local media organizations," said Laura Frank, executive director of the I-News Network. "This merger will ensure that important public service journalism can reach more Coloradans who can use it to make a difference for the future of the entire state."
I-News and Rocky Mountain PBS have partnered since the launch of the nonprofit news service in 2009. The organizations have shared content and location. The I-News leadership team and correspondents are award-winning journalists who are proud recipients of two Emmys and two Pulitzers. Learn more about I-News.
KUVO/KVJZ and Rocky Mountain PBS have also enjoyed a long tradition of collaboration on projects of significance for our audiences. Learn more about KUVO/KVJZ.
"We are proud residents of the Five Points neighborhood and delight in sharing jazz, blues, and news with our loyal listeners. We look forward to working more closely with Rocky Mountain PBS and believe our commitment to the Latino community will be well served by this growing partnership," said Carlos Lando, acting CEO and program director of KUVO/KVJZ.
The three organizations have started the transition to share resources, information and newsgathering capabilities. The result will be strengthened collaboration, improved resources and a deeper ability to meet consumer needs in this evolving media environment. The formal merger between KUVO/KVJZ and Rocky Mountain PBS is anticipated to close in April 2013.
These mergers are a product of a strategic planning process that was inspired by the Rocky Mountain PBS board of directors and the Gill Foundation. Last August, Rocky Mountain PBS joined forces with the foundation to open the Tim Gill Center for Public Media in Colorado Springs. This public media center brings together more than 20 different partners and is serving as the public media hub for the Southern Colorado community.
The collaboration is a model for the entire state and country about how public media, universities, libraries and nonprofits can join together to serve the community. The merged partners hope to announce additional collaborations that will continue to build on this new definition of public media.
"We are very excited that we will be working more closely with both KUVO and I-News in the coming months and years," said Doug Price. "These partnerships – and others that are in the works now - will strengthen the public media imprint across the state and will greatly benefit all of our audience."