The studios for the new all-digital TV station PBS Appalachia/Va. will be housed in the Southwest Virginia Cultural Heritage Center in Abingdon, pictured above.
Blue Ridge PBS is creating a first-of-its-kind, all-digital television station dedicated to serving Southwest Virginia.
PBS Appalachia|Va will serve 13 counties in one of the only areas of the country not currently served by a PBS station. The new TV station will tell the stories of the area’s communities, celebrate its heritage, highlight its people, and look forward to the region’s growth; all through the lens of industry-leading equipment and the eyes of award- winning producers.
Over the next year, PBS Appalachia|Va will create a state-of-the-art studio, headquartered in the Southwest Virginia Cultural Heritage Center in Abingdon. This partnership will allow the two non-profit organizations to not only showcase the region through video but also to draw more visitors to the area to tour the station and see television production as it happens.
“Blue Ridge PBS covers a staggering 42% of the geographic commonwealth, including rural Appalachia, an often-overlooked region. Due to limited resources, those areas have been underserved,” said William Anderson, Blue Ridge PBS President and CEO. “We know we must be where other media outlets are not and provide the content that they won’t or can’t.”
PBS Appalachia|Va already has key personnel in place.
Julie Newman is Vice President and General Manager of the new station. She has earned four Regional Emmy Awards and has 23 years of broadcast and public television experience, most recently as News Anchor for News 5 WCYB in Bristol.
Jacob Dellinger is Executive Producer of PBS Appalachia|Va. He is a three-time regional Emmy winning cinematographer, director, and producer covering Southwest Virginia.
“PBS Appalachia is the answer to a critical need! Producers at this new digital station will create educational and community content that is relevant and vital to our region, giving a positive voice to this underserved region like never before,” said M. E. Marty Hall, Jr., Chairman of the Blue Ridge PBS Governing Board of Directors.
PBS Appalachia|Va is expected to launch June 10, 2023. The digital station will deliver the full PBS schedule and local stories that matter on any smart TV connected to WiFi or Broadband and will also be offered to local cable stations. It will also be on streaming services such as YouTube TV, Roku, DirectTVstream, Amazon Fire, and Apple TV, as well as on a new mobile app available in conjunction with PBS.