Organizations Unveil Details of New Purchasing Plan for Stations

LAS VEGAS — Less than a week after creating a partnership to help public broadcasters pool equipment and services purchases, executives from CPB, WGBH and Public Media Co. presented their plans here Wednesday and Thursday to attendees at PBS TechCon and the Public Radio Engineering Conference.

The project is so new it lacks a formal name; for now it’s going by Public Media Procurement. It came into being after CPB’s 2017 system technology survey found a huge gap between the costs of stations’ needed equipment upgrades and the capital they have to pay for them.