About Us

OSBE began meeting on a regular basis in 1981 and formally organized in 1986.

About Us

OSBE began meeting on a regular basis in 1981 and formally organized in 1986. OSBE is composed of the representatives from 29 states that operate more than half of the public broadcasting stations in the United States.

OSBE serves its members on matters of concern to both individual and multiple states. OSBE's three primary service areas are:

  • Review and formulation of proposed policies and/or guidelines on legal or regulatory matters having impact on member service capacity.
  • Exploration and development of interstate projects.
  • Information and training opportunities.

    Current co-chairs are Ron Pisaneschi of Idaho Public Television and Shae Hopkins of Kentucky Educational Television.


    The National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA) acts as secretariat and fiduciary for OSBE.

The Organization of State Broadcasting Executives (OSBE) is an association of chief executive officers of state public broadcasting networks and directors of commissions and authorities with statewide public broadcasting responsibilities. There are many public television licensee associations, but OSBE is unique. OSBE was first organized in 1981 and has met formally since 1986. It's representative. Its members account for almost half of the transmitters in the public television system. It’s collegial. Members meet as peers and interact as advocates/confidants. It’s responsive. When members need assistance, for example in responding to inquiries from their state legislatures, OSBE gathers the information via electronic surveys. OSBE also keeps years of data on file, tracking trends in state funding levels, and executive compensation. It has a national footprint. OSBE members are represented on the policy teams for our national organizations, particularly those serving television licensees. OSBE members serve on the PBS board of directors, the APTS board of trustees, and on NETA’s executive committee.