W.Va. Public Broadcasting leader to retire

CHARLESTON (AP) — The executive director of West Virginia Public Broadcasting is retiring after months of being at odds with the authority that oversees public broadcasting.

Dennis Adkins announced Thursday that he would retire on Dec. 21. The announcement followed an hour-long, closed-door session of the Educational Broadcasting Authority.

The Charleston Gazette reports that Adkins had been at odds with the authority over finances and the future of public broadcasting.

In addition to fewer donations because of the recession, public broadcasting also faces a 7.5 percent — or $420,000 — cut in state funding, as do other state agencies.

The agency will begin a search for a new executive director. A task force also will be appointed to study the future of public broadcasting.

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