Published on Thursday, 13 December 2012 15:12
Thomas Carroll, the longtime President and CEO of Northwest Indiana Public Broadcasting Inc., announced he was stepping down as the man in charge of Lakeshore Public Television and Radio. His sudden exit was said to be a mutual decision between himself and the Board of Directors.
Carroll joined PBS affiliate WYIN-TV, aka Lakeshore Public Television, in 2002. In late 2008, he oversaw the company's purchase of WWLO-FM, converting it WLPR-FM in January 2009, the NPR affiliate known as Lakeshore Public Radio.
In addition to the purchase and formation of the radio station, during Carroll's ten years as CEO, he took the financially struggling public broadcaster and turned it into a financially sound organization. He re-branded the television station as Lakeshore Public Television and expanded the station's highly-regarded live & local news programming. Carroll helped create the stations' production service brand, Lakeshore Productions. This year, he helped make sure that WLPR-FM was granted federal and state funding status through certification from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the Indiana Public Broadcasting System (IPBS).
Tom Carroll continues to serve as the Treasurer of IPBS.
Prior to moving to northwest Indiana in 2002 and taking charge of Northwest Indiana Public Broadcasting Inc., Carroll was with WPBS-TV in Watertown, NY from 1981-2002. He began there as a news anchor and public affairs producer, became the station's Production Manager, and for the last seven years, was its Director of Sales & Production.
A statement released this afternoon by Northwest Indiana Public Broadcasting Inc. says: "NIPB appreciates Mr. Carroll's many contributions to the growth of the station."
The Lakeshore Board of Directors will now begin a search for Thomas Carroll's replacement. In the interim, his duties will be shared by Board of Directors Chairman Dr. Bonita Neff and Board member Cal Bellamy.