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Montana PBS Public Information

Licensee Information

Montana PBS is a service of the Montana University System. A partnership between Montana's two major universities and licensed to the Montana Board of Regents, Montana PBS provides public television and related community outreach and educational services to the state of Montana through a network of stations, transmitters, translators, cable operators, and satellite services.

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Governance and Open Meeting Information

Governance and oversight of Montana PBS begins with station management who report to the administrations of Montana State University and the University of Montana. Current management of the stations resides with:

Aaron Pruitt, Director and General Manager, KUSM-TV / Montana PBS, Montana State University - Bozeman
aaron@montanapbs.org
(406) 994-5021

Ray Ekness, Director, Broadcast Media Center
ray.ekness@umontana.edu
(406) 243-4154

The governance and administration of the Montana University System is vested with the Board of Regents, which has full power, responsibility, and authority to supervise, coordinate, manage and control the Montana University System, and supervise and coordinate other public educational institutions assigned by law.

The Board consists of seven members appointed by the Governor, and confirmed by the Senate, to seven year overlapping terms. One of the members of the board shall be a student appointed by the Governor who is registered full-time at a unit of higher education under jurisdiction of the board. The length of the term of the student member is one year with possibility of reappointment to successive terms.

The Montana Board of Regents meets regularly, in open, public meetings, per Montana's open meetings statutes.


Diversity and EEO

Montana PBS Diversity Statement
Montana PBS is committed to providing a rich and diverse service, reflective of our state's diverse population. Similarly, the Montana University System is committed to promoting diversity in our service, as well as our staff and governance. For information on the diversity initiatives and policies of the Montana University System, please see our Montana PBS Diversity Statement. View our full Diversity, Equity and Inclusion statement, here. 

Current Job Opportunities and EEO Reports
As a licensed broadcaster, Montana PBS is required to report annually on our employment activity. For a list of available employment opportunities, as well as the most recent FCC EEO reports for both stations, please visit our Jobs page.


Montana PBS Debate Participation Criteria

Montana’s statewide public television service, Montana PBS, is comprised of KUSM-TV Bozeman and KUFM-TV Missoula, both licensed through their respective university campuses to the Montana University System. Montana PBS presents political coverage and analysis as part of its overall public service and educational mission. During election years, Montana PBS offers programs specifically related to local, state and national elections. A review of Montana PBS’ working policies regarding candidate inclusion in such programming is available for download below.


Financials

Each year, Montana PBS conducts an independent audit of its financials, in compliance with Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) requirements. For the purposes of this audit, financial information is gathered from both partner stations, as well as the Friends of Montana PBS, in order to present a unified financial picture for the service. As the universities are governmental agencies, these audits are conducted under GASB auditing guidelines.

 

Audited Financials

Each year, the Friends of Montana PBS undergoes an independent financial audit. The most recent audit is available here:


Montana PBS Friends Financial Disclosure

Additionally, the Friends of Montana PBS, an independent nonprofit organization, also conducts an annual audit of its financials. The Friends of Montana PBS provides support, and raises funds, for Montana PBS, and represents a portion of the financial support for the service.

Tax-Exempt Information

The Friends of Montana PBS is recognized by the IRS as tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(03) on the Internal Revenue Code. The EIN for the Friends of Montana PBS is 81-0426350. A copy of its most recent determination letter can be found here.

The original filing for tax-exempt status for the organization was made in March, 1995. The organization’s original IRS Form 1023 is not available, as it was filed prior to July 15, 1997.

Tax Filing Information

The Friends of Montana PBS, per IRS requirements, makes current and past IRS-990 forms available for the public here:

2020 Annual Report

Our Annual Report to includes highlights from 2020.

Friends of Montana PBS

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Public Media Code of Integrity

Montana PBS supports the Public Media Code of Integrity.

FCC Public Inspection Files

For assistance with access to Montana PBS Public Inspection Files contact: Aaron Pruitt, (406) 994-5021

Closed Captioning

To learn more about Montana PBS's closed captioning certification or for captioning concerns or feedback, view our Closed Captioning Information.

Donor Privacy

Montana PBS does not share its donor data with any non-affiliated organization and complies with all federal and state regulations regarding donor data. View our Privacy Policy.