Alabama Public Television http://apr.org en Supreme Court Rules Against Fired Public TV Execs http://apr.org/post/supreme-court-rules-against-fired-public-tv-execs <p>The state Supreme Court is ordering a judge to dismiss an open meetings lawsuit filed by two Alabama</p><p></p><p>Public Television executives who were fired last year.</p><p>The justices ruled against Allan Pizzato and Pauline Howland on Friday.</p><p>The court says the two don&#39;t have a legal right to file suit claiming members of the television commission violated Alabama&#39;s open meetings lawsuit with a closed-door meeting before their dismissals.</p> Fri, 27 Sep 2013 20:54:51 +0000 The Associated Press 38728 at http://apr.org Supreme Court Rules Against Fired Public TV Execs Alabama Public TV Raises Money With Fired CEO's Letter http://apr.org/post/alabama-public-tv-raises-money-fired-ceos-letter <P>Alabama Public Television is using a form letter signed by its fired executive director in a fundraising campaign.</P> <P>The statewide network recently sent a letter to past donors bearing the name of Allan Pizzato. Commissioners fired Pizzato in June, a decision that preceded a wave of resignations by other leaders of Alabama Public TV.</P> <P>Network spokesman Mike McKenzie says a mistake by a direct-mail company resulted in the letters going to about 1,000 households.</P> <P>But a lawyer for Pizzato doesn't believe the letter is an accident. Wed, 19 Dec 2012 22:55:59 +0000 Ryan Vasquez 22197 at http://apr.org Alabama Public TV Raises Money With Fired CEO's Letter WVUA Official hired to lead Alabama Public Television http://apr.org/post/wvua-official-hired-lead-alabama-public-television <p>The executive board of Alabama Public Television voted unanimously to hire WVUA-TV General Manager Roy Clem as its new executive director. The selection follows the controversial firing of former APT Chief Allan Pizzato and one of his lieutenants. The oustre is reportedly due to disagreement between Pizzato and members of the APT board on the airing of conservative christian programming. Mr. Pizzato is suing the board on the grounds that his firing was in violation of state law. Sun, 19 Aug 2012 12:37:36 +0000 Pat Duggins 16485 at http://apr.org WVUA Official hired to lead Alabama Public Television Judge Clears Way For Suit Over APTV Firings http://apr.org/post/judge-clears-way-suit-over-aptv-firings <p>A judge says a fired network executive can go ahead with his lawsuit claiming Alabama Public Television commissioners violated the state&#39;s open meetings law by holding a closed-door session to discuss his firing. Jefferson County Circuit Judge Joseph Boohaker issued the ruling Wednesday in a lawsuit filed by Allan Pizzato over his dismissal as executive director of the state&#39;s public television network. Pizzato sued after commissioners fired him and another executive. The judge says lawyers can continue collecting evidence, and he scheduled another hearing for Sept. 4. Wed, 08 Aug 2012 22:08:47 +0000 Associated Press 15910 at http://apr.org Judge Clears Way For Suit Over APTV Firings Alabama Public TV COO Charles Grantham Resigns http://apr.org/post/alabama-public-tv-coo-charles-grantham-resigns <p>The chief operating officer for Alabama Public Television has resigned after two other top network executives were fired seven weeks ago. The 62-year-old Grantham says his resignation is expected to take effect at the end of August. Grantham says his resignation is in response to the June 12 firings of executive director Allan Pizzato, and deputy director and chief financial officer Pauline Howland. The Alabama Educational Television Commission, which runs APT, fired Pizzato and Howland because they said it wanted to change leadership. Grantham sent an open letter to Gov. Wed, 01 Aug 2012 22:15:12 +0000 Associated Press 15500 at http://apr.org Alabama Public TV COO Charles Grantham Resigns Alabama Educational TV Commission Hires Law Firm http://apr.org/post/alabama-educational-tv-commission-hires-law-firm The Alabama Educational Television Commission has voted to hire a Birmingham law firm to represent the commission in a lawsuit filed by ousted Alabama Public Television executive director Allan Pizzato. The commission voted 6-0 to hire the Birmingham law firm of Wallace, Jordan, Ratliff & Brandt after going into executive session during a special called meeting Tuesday at APT headquarters in Birmingham. The commission chairman, Ferris Stephens, said after the meeting that the commission feels Pizzato's lawsuit is without merit. The commission voted to dismiss Pizzato and chief financi Tue, 31 Jul 2012 22:39:52 +0000 Associated Press 15451 at http://apr.org Alabama Educational TV Commission Hires Law Firm Alabama Educational Television Commission Hires Law Firm http://apr.org/post/alabama-educational-television-commission-hires-law-firm <p>The Alabama Educational Television Commission unanimously approved to hire the Birmingham law firm of Wallace, Jordan, Ratliff &amp; Brandt LLC to represent the commission in a lawsuit. Commission members voted during a special/called meeting at Alabama Public Television headquarters earlier today.</p> Tue, 31 Jul 2012 13:26:20 +0000 Maggie Martin 15416 at http://apr.org Alabama Educational Television Commission Hires Law Firm Grantham Says Controversy Could Lead To APT Demise http://apr.org/post/grantham-says-controversy-could-lead-apt-demise <p><font face="Arial">The chief operating officer of Alabama Public Television has written a letter to Gov. Robert Bentley expressing concern that the controversy surrounding the firing of two top officials at Alabama Public Television could lead to the demise of the network in Alabama.</font></p><p><font face="Arial">Alabama Public Television Network chief operating officer Charles Grantham said in an interview about the letter that the controversy could lead to the demise in Alabama of popular programs like ``Sesame Street&#39;&#39; and ``Antique Roadshow.&#39;&#39;</font></p> Tue, 24 Jul 2012 22:43:26 +0000 Associated Press 15114 at http://apr.org Grantham Says Controversy Could Lead To APT Demise Law Firm Files Complaint Concerning APT Firing http://apr.org/post/law-firm-files-complaint-concerning-apt-firing <p>BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) &mdash;</p><p>A Birmingham law firm has filed an initial complaint concerning the decision to fire the former executive director of Alabama Public Television and another top executive.</p><p>Attorneys Mark White and Augusta Dowd of the firm White, Arnold and Dowd said in a statement Thursday that they filed the complaint for their client Alan Pizzato, who was fired by the Alabama Educational Television Commission.&nbsp;The complaint was filed in the Jefferson County Circuit Court.</p> Fri, 20 Jul 2012 21:20:43 +0000 Associated Press 14931 at http://apr.org Law Firm Files Complaint Concerning APT Firing