Developing a Code of Transparency:
Criticism and Controversy

Schedule, Budget and Staffing Controversies

The General Manager or Program Director will explain as candidly as possible, usually on the station’s website, why a program change is being made.

Station leadership will disclose station budget changes and their effect on station operations.

If there is sufficient public debate about programming, budgetary or staffing changes, station leadership will engage in either an online chat or an “Ask the Manager” call-in program to respond to audience concerns.

Transparency and Tough Choices

When making decisions with widespread ramifications, it is important not to be too insular, and if possible secure outside advice from other media professionals and your community advisory board.

Transparency in Program Assessments

We continually assess our programming. It is important to include both different station personnel and members of the community in the critiquing process.