WNET Names Harry Forbes as Director, Public Relations
Forbes will oversee the public media organization’s local and national program publicity efforts
August 15, 2012 – New York, NY – WNET parent company of New York’s public television stations THIRTEEN and WLIW21 and operator of NJTV announced the promotion of Harry Forbes to the position of Director, Public Relations.
In this role, Forbes will oversee all programming and talent publicity, in addition to working across all WNET-wide production units to promote various national and local on-air and online projects. Forbes will report to Kellie Specter, Senior Director, Communications.
Previously, Forbes was a Senior Publicist responsible for implementing publicity campaigns for THIRTEEN’s national and local arts productions including, Great Performances, Great Performances at the Met, NYC-ARTS and Reel 13. Forbes will continue handling media relations and program publicity for these projects in his new capacity.
For many years, Forbes was head of PBS Press Relations as well as PBS’s New York office. He managed the launch of many of PBS’s most prestigious series and specials and was responsible for strategically positioning three PBS presidents with the New York press. Prior to joining WNET in 2010, Forbes served as the Director of the Office for Film & Broadcasting for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
In 2012, WNET is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of THIRTEEN, New York’s flagship public media provider. As the parent company of THIRTEEN and WLIW21 and operator of NJTV, WNET brings quality arts, education and public affairs programming to over 5 million viewers each week. WNET produces and presents such acclaimed PBS series as Nature, Great Performances, American Masters, Need to Know, Charlie Rose and a range of documentaries, children’s programs, and local news and cultural offerings available on air and online. Pioneers in educational programming, WNET has created such groundbreaking series as Get the Math, Oh Noah! and Cyberchase and provides tools for educators that bring compelling content to life in the classroom and at home. WNET highlights the tri-state’s unique culture and diverse communities through NYC-ARTS, Reel 13, NJ Today and the new online newsmagazine MetroFocus.
Harry Forbes, Director, Public Relations. Photo credit: ©2012 WNET/ Joseph Sinnott