Paul Grove, president and CEO of WTCI, was elected chairman of the Tennessee Public Television Council (TPTC). The TPTC fosters the development and support of public broadcasting in Tennessee, coordinates cooperation between Tennessee public television stations and serves as a liaison between stations and the executive and legislative branches of government.
The chairman presides over a Board of Directors comprised of council members from WEPT-TV in Knoxville/Sneedville, WTCI-TV in Chattanooga, WCTE-TV in Cookeville, WLJT-TV in Lexington/Jackson, WKNO-TV in Memphis and WNPT-TV in Nashville and ensures that all orders and resolutions are carried into effect.
Mr. Grove has led Chattanooga’s PBS station, WTCI-TV, for six years, spearheading capital improvements and digital advances that enrich the lives of Tennessee Valley families through quality programs and services that educate, engage and inspire a lifetime of learning and exploration. Grove previously was the vice president of national programming and production for WEDU/PBS in Tampa, Florida and is a 28-year broadcasting veteran. His television career includes a decade in commercial television at NBC and ABC affiliates before joining public television.
Mr. Grove is a multiple award-winner, including Emmy Awards, Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalist, Telly, International Pinnacle and Best of Gannett Awards. He is a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor’s of science degree in broadcast journalism and English/film theory. He is married and has four sons.
The TPTC submits annual reports of service provided and requests for appropriations to Governor Bill Haslam and the appropriate committees of the Tennessee General Assembly as well as recommendations, when required, for capital improvement grants.
“I look forward to working with the stations and their leaders to further the objectives of public television. Together we can support Tennessee families and educators by providing the strategies, tools and professional development resources needed to fully utilize digital learning,” said Mr. Grove.