Financials/Public File

Nebraska Public Media is committed to complying with all regulations and making our information easily accessible to the public. Our public inspection files for television and radio are maintained, pursuant to FCC permission, at Nebraska Educational Telecommunications, 1800 N. 33rd Street, Lincoln, NE 68503. They are available for viewing to the general public during regular business hours 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday and printed copies are available. For more information call (800) 868-1868.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance or others with issues relating to the content of Nebraska Public Media's public inspection files should contact Nebraska Public Media Human Resources at JThomsen@nebraskapublicmedia.org or 402-470-6413.

Governance

Nebraska Public Media management is accountable to two governing entities. The Nebraska Educational Telecommunications Commission holds the license for the nine transmitters and five translators that comprise the Nebraska Public Media radio network. It also holds the license for eight of the nine television transmitters and for the 15 translators that comprise the Nebraska Public Media television network. The ninth transmitter, KUON-TV, is licensed to the University of Nebraska Board of Regents. Through a long-standing agreement with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the Board of Regents, KUON-TV operates as the flagship station for Nebraska Public Media television.

Open Meetings

Nebraska Educational Telecommunications Commission meetings and University of Nebraska Board of Regents meetings are open to the public per Nebraska Revised Satute 84-1409. Time is available at each meeting for public comments. Please visit the links above for a schedule of upcoming meetings and additional detail.

Financial, Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO), Content and Services Reports

The FCC and CPB require Nebraska Public Media to provide a number of reports pertaining to financial, EEO, local content and services. That information can be found in the following PDFs:

Nebraska Public Media 2021-22 Statement of Commitment to Diversity

Nebraska Public Media is a joint undertaking of the Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska and the State of Nebraska Educational Telecommunications Commission. Central to our mission, vision and values is maintaining a workplace environment and governing boards, which recognize and celebrate diversity, equity and inclusion in accordance to University of Nebraska and/or State of Nebraska policies. We are dedicated to ensuring a culture of diversity and inclusion to maintain a fair, unbiased work environment, and to enhance our ability to effectively serve our state and beyond.  Diversity at Nebraska Public Media encompasses our differences, including, but not limited to, race, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation, religion, socioeconomic status, physical ability, national and geographic origin, marital status and veteran status.  We believe each of these factors, and others, contribute to our ability to serve its communities across Nebraska and is important to our mission and work, Connecting and Empowering Every Nebraskan.

We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate against individuals based on any characteristic protected by law.  Recruiting and maintaining a diverse workforce, management team and board membership is an organizational responsibility and goal.  We are deliberate in all of our employment practices to ensure that employment opportunities are widely advertised and that policies and practices are administered in an unbiased and objective manner and meet applicable University, State and FCC guidelines.

The following are the 2021-2022 Diversity Guidelines and statistics for Nebraska Public Media, serving as Nebraska’s PBS and NPR stations.  The guidelines are developed to show compliance with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. 

We strive to maintain and improve the diversity of the staff.  For example, 49 percent of the current total workforce represents women, minorities and veterans. The Educational Telecommunications Commission and Nebraska Public Media Foundation Board membership represents 50 percent women with each chaired by a woman.

We have made steady improvement in our staff diversity over the past few years. In fact, last year, 74 percent of new hires reflected women, minorities and veterans. During the prior year, 65 percent of new hires were women, minorities and veterans.

Nebraska Public Media continues to support student and internship opportunities across the organization including but not limited to: broadcast production, news, radio, broadcast engineering, information technology, research, communications, labs and sales. During the previous 12 months, Nebraska Public Media provided 20 students with paid educational experiences. Of the total students, 75 percent represent diversity.

In support of Nebraska Public Media initiatives from our 2020-2021 Statement of Commitment to Diversity, Nebraska Public Media confirms the following activities:

  • Nebraska Public Media GM/CEO participated in the NETA Thought Leaders Forum on January 25, 2021. Thought Leaders Forum provided a virtual experience bringing public media leadership together with leading thinkers to help define how public media through embracing diversity, innovation, and inclusion can connect to diverse publics and strengthen our civil society.
  • Nebraska Public Media Chief Strategy Officer participated in and completed the Public Media Diversity Leaders Initiative program summer of 2021. PMDLI’s virtual program curriculum incorporates collaborative exercises, scenario analyses and audio/visual tools that introduce strategic DEI frameworks to guide the development of actionable plans.
  • Nebraska Public Media News Director attended the Nebraska Broadcasters Association seminar entitled “Building a Measurable Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Strategy that gets Results” on Aug. 10, 2021.
  • Chief Administrative Officer attended Public Media’s Role Advancing Diversity and Inclusion Within Their Organizations virtually. The conversations included how public media can find diverse candidates and retain staff to improve connections to communities to find new audiences and to strengthen public media for the future on June 2, 2021.
  • Nebraska Public Media continued our membership with NPR and other public media organizations from across the country as part of the public media recruiting efforts called Think Public Media. Nebraska Public Media Human Resource Specialists and Chief Administrative Officer attended the following virtual career fairs - National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) Aug. 18-21.
  • Nebraska Public Media's Chief Administrative Officer continues participation in the University of Nebraska Lincoln’s Council on Inclusive Excellence and Diversity. The Council is designed to serve as a communications channel between and across units and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion; a space for collective and organized thinking and action; a space to receive updates and share concerns or issues related to campus climate, and to identify opportunities for collaboration and innovation.
  • Nebraska Public Media staff, Educational Telecommunications Commission and Foundation Board members again recorded a 100 percent completion for the annual CPB Workplace Harassment Prevention training for the previous year.
  • A review of Nebraska Public Media's diversity email list, consisting of 50 organizations, was completed with no additions or deletions.

In the next year, Nebraska Public Media will again review, and update our diversity email list that includes professional minority organizations as a means to attract and hire diverse individuals. We will also seek opportunities that provide ways to increase our diversity efforts. Participation in the Think Public Media group will continue to expand our reach to minority groups. We will continue work with students at the University of Nebraska and participate in scholarship programs designed to assist students interested in pursuing a career in broadcasting.  We will complete longer-term recruitment initiatives as required by FCC- EEO including participation in career fairs, internship programs and other educational institutions programs relating to broadcasting career opportunities. These efforts are reported in the FCC EEO Annual Report.

Closed Captioning

Nebraska Public Media certifies that, as standard practice, closed-captioned programming produced by Nebraska Public Media is in compliance with the Federal Communications Commission requirements set forth by including, but not limited to the “best practices” approach adopted in the FCC report and order on Feb. 20, 2014, in the matter of CG Docket No. 05-231.

For closed captioning concerns, please contact our captioning hotline:

Phone: 800-698-3426
Fax: 402-472-3540
Email: customerservice@nebraskapublicmedia.org

We will make every effort to respond or otherwise resolve your inquiry within 24 hours or one business day.

Written complaints regarding closed captioning should be directed to:

Nancy Finken
Chief Content Officer
Nebraska Public Media
1800 N 33rd St.
Lincoln, NE 68503

Phone: 402-470-6365

Email: nfinken@nebraskapublicmedia.org

Before sending a formal written complaint, we recommend you first contact our captioning hotline (800-698-3426). We may be able to resolve your problem immediately without the need for a formal complaint. In any event, we will respond to your complaint within 30 days. The above contact information applies to Stations KUON-TV, KHNE-TV, KLNE-TV, KMNE-TV, KPNE-TV, KRNE-TV, KTNE-TV, KXNE-TV, and KYNE-TV.

Donor Privacy

The Television and Radio Foundations, or any person working on their behalf, shall not engage in the exchange, lease, loan, trade, rental, donation, sale or transfer of member or donor names for any purpose whatsoever. Charitable work on behalf of the Television and Radio Foundations shall be the sole exception to this policy.

The Television and Radio Foundations shall maintain active control of all membership and donor lists, and shall take all appropriate measures to ensure against unauthorized use of such lists.

The Television and Radio Foundations shall maintain complete and accurate records of all uses of membership and donor lists, including those for fundraising purposes, and shall furnish such records to members and donors for proper purposes on request.

The Television and Radio Foundations shall also maintain complete and accurate records by which they may be assured that they are in compliance with all applicable State and Federal laws and regulations, and with the eligibility requirements for public telecommunications entities as established by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and other national agencies. The Television and Radio Foundations shall annually certify their continued compliance with CPB requirements as specified by CPB station grant procedures.

FCC Station Profiles & Public Inspection Files

Television

  • KMNE: Basset, Ch. 7
  • KPNE: North Platte, Ch. 9
  • KUON: Lincoln, Ch. 12
  • KRNE: Merriman, Ch.12
  • KTNE: Alliance, Ch.13
  • KYNE: Omaha, Ch.17
  • KXNE: Norfolk, Ch.19
  • KLNE: Lexington, Ch. 26
  • KHNE: Hastings, Ch. 28

Radio