PBS Guam awarded $500K grant to upgrade equipment


MANGILAO, Guam—The Guam Educational Telecommunications Corp., also known as PBS Guam KGTF Channel 12, was awarded a $500,000 Technical Assistance Program grant funding from the U.S. Department of the Interior.

This was the first time PBS Guam applied for TAP funding.

“This is terrific news. Ina Carillo chased down this grant opportunity within weeks of being appointed in January to manage KGTF,” said acting board chair Donovan Brooks. “This will help us replace and upgrade studio production gear and make improvements to the studio. It will be a great morale boost for the station. I would like to thank Gov. Leon Guerrero for sending Carillo to KGTF.”

Carillo herself said, “It’s an exciting time to be at PBS Guam with a new executive producer and technical equipment upgrades soon to come, development of new educational local programming is on the way. The upgraded equipment will allow PBS Guam to be able to expand its programming to include a regular educational series focused on our culture as well as live sports programming. It will also allow us to partner with international and regional visitors who come to Guam to produce content.”

Leon Guerrero said this is just the beginning for PBS Guam.

“We are confident in Carillo’s leadership, and we cannot wait to see more local programming. Media messages matter, and when a child sees faces they relate to on TV, it helps develop their identity and understanding of who they are and where they come from,” said Leon Guerrero.

TAP funding provides for development in areas such as accountability, financial management, economic development, education, energy, management control initiatives, disaster assistance, natural and cultural resources, capacity building, public safety/emergencies, health initiatives, and invasive species management. (PR)

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