Alabama Public Television is using a form letter signed by its fired executive director in a fundraising campaign.
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.
Network spokesman Mike McKenzie says a mistake by a direct-mail company resulted in the letters going to about 1,000 households.
A judge says a fired network executive can go ahead with his lawsuit claiming Alabama Public Television commissioners violated the state'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'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.
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.
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.