Also during Thursday's meeting:
| News director Beth Vorhees said she is hiring two new full-time reporters for the Charleston newsroom.
That will allow public broadcasting to expand its news operations to seven days a week. She said that decision was made after criticism over West Virginia Public Radio's failure to provide extensive coverage of the aftermath of the June 29 derecho storm, which hit on a Friday evening.
"Currently, our newsroom is not staffed on Saturday or Sunday," she said.
The new reporters also will be assigned to cover the House and Senate for public TV's "The Legislature Today" program, she said.
| EBA members tentatively approved a memorandum of understanding to produce a second season of "Abracadabra," a children's series promoting exercise and healthy eating, hosted and produced by Dr. Michael Adelman, president of the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine.
That led to several tense exchanges between Adelman, EBA members, Adkins and director of TV production Rich Carter over the series' production costs for public TV.
The memorandum calls for Adelman's production company to pay public TV $15,000 for production costs, below the $60,000 that Adkins and Carter said had first been proposed to more fully cover the production costs for public TV.
At one point, EBA member John Dahlia called on public TV officials to move forward with production of the second season, which has been in limbo since spring.
"Taking this long to produce a kids' program is absurd. It's absolutely absurd," Dahlia, of Fairmont, said angrily.
Another issue is that the public TV studio in Beckley, where the first season of the show was produced, is no longer operational, and the memorandum is contingent on the viability of filming the program at TV studios in Charleston's Capital High School.
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