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Longtime IPTV general manager Peter Morrill to retire

The Idaho State Board of Education announced that Peter Morrill, longtime general manager of Idaho Public Television, is retiring. Morrill will continue to serve while the state board launches a search for a replacement by the end of the summer, and will assist through the transition; he's been general manager at IPTV since 1996.

“Peter has been an exceptional leader, and our state has been truly fortunate to have a person of his caliber at the helm of Idaho Public Television,” said Don Soltman, state board acting president. “Under Peter's direction, IdahoPTV has garnered national acclaim for excellence in providing programming that informs, educates and inspires.”

Morrill started at IPTV in 1979 as a director/videographer. He worked as a producer/director and executive producer before taking the helm as general manager. This year, Idaho Public TV was named the No. 1 most-viewed PBS station in the country, based on Nielsen ratings; that means a higher percentage of the population watches IPTV, and watches it more, than that in the viewing area of any other public TV station.  IPTV also won 53 national and regional awards in 2012, including an Emmy and an Edward R. Murrow Award. Click below for the state board's full announcement.


IDAHO STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION

March 20, 2013 

 

IDAHO PUBLIC TELEVISION’S

PETER MORRILL TO RETIRE

(Boise). The State Board of Education today announced the retirement of Idaho Public Television General Manager Peter Morrill.

Morrill began his service to IdahoPTV in 1979 as a director/videographer. He went on to serve as a producer/director and executive producer before being named General Manager in 1996.

Peter has been an exceptional leader, and our state has been truly fortunate to have a person of his caliber at the helm of Idaho Public Television,” said Don Soltman, Acting President of the State Board of Education. “Under Peter’s direction, IdahoPTV has garnered national acclaim for excellence in providing programming that informs, educates and inspires.”

The Board will commence a search for a replacement and hopes to name a new general manager by the end of the summer. Mr. Morrill will continue to serve while the search is conducted and through a transition once his successor is selected.

Soltman added, “The Board greatly appreciates Peter’s willingness to assist in a search for a new general manager. He and the Board are committed to finding another outstanding leader who will continue IdahoPTV’s dedication to excellence in public broadcasting.”


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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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