ATLANTA, GA: Public Broadcasting Atlanta is pleased to announce that Paul Buckner will be the new General Manager of PBA30. As General Manager, Buckner will oversee and coordinate the operational activities, programming strategies, and administrative and business functions for PBA’s TV division. He starts February 6 and will report to Wonya Lucas, President and CEO.
Buckner has more than 20 years of broadcasting experience in both commercial and public television, most recently as Senior Vice President, Content for South Florida PBS.
“Paul brings a breadth of experience in local television production and community based programming development,” Lucas said. “We are excited for him to join Public Broadcasting Atlanta and look forward to him leading our station in an ever-changing media environment.”
Buckner has led finance, operations, sales, marketing, and production departments at WYCC and WTTW (PBS) in Chicago. At WYCC, Buckner oversaw the development of many education initiatives by developing a partnership with Chicago Public Schools. He created the Families Read Book Give Away, which provided more than 5,000 books for kids. He developed programming partnerships with the Chicago Police Department, The Kellogg Foundation and Community Colleges of Chicago to create a series of town halls on violence, race and education.
He has overseen the construction and staffing of domestic and international news operations for the Middle East Broadcast Networks in Washington D.C. and Dubai. In addition to his public media experience, he has held production and operations positions at Fox, CBS and The Weather Channel.
He has produced the Emmy award-winning documentaries Chicago’s True Nature: The Forest Preserves of Cook County, Colorblind: Rethinking Race, and Paper Trail: 100 Years of the Chicago Defender. He was awarded a Broadcast Leadership Training Fellowship from the National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation.
Buckner is joining PBA30, Atlanta’s original PBS station, at a time when the station is experiencing strong growth. In 2016, prime-time performance grew 12.8 percent, driven by
British dramas such as Midsomer Murders, Death in Paradise, and Sherlock. Friday prime time has increased 58.5 percent, and PBA30 ranks in the top 10 PBS stations in the country on Friday nights.
PBA 30 is part of Public Broadcasting Atlanta (PBA). Together with WABE 90.1 and Atlanta PlanIt, the PBA staff brings NPR and PBS programming, music, arts and cultural information to hundreds of thousands of listeners and viewers each year. As a broadcast service of Atlanta Public Schools, in partnership with the Atlanta Educational Telecommunications Collaborative (AETC), PBA has never lost sight of its original mission. Education remains at the core of our operation at every level, from children to adults.