Mission of The Maine Public Broadcasting Network
Every day, the Maine Public Broadcasting Network connects the people of Maine to each other and to the world through the open exchange of information, ideas and cultural content. As Maine’s premier, independent media resource, we create exceptional opportunities for the communities we serve to engage with critical issues, compelling stories and quality entertainment.
The Maine Public Broadcasting Network will inform, inspire and delight.
We will be recognized throughout Maine and beyond as an organization that has made a distinct difference by focusing in a disciplined manner on the issues most important to Maine and by being relentless in pursuit of the truth about them. We will also be noted for the consistent quality of the cultural and entertainment programming that we provide through collaborations with other organizations and independent producers.
We will continue to be regarded as a superb financial steward by all of our supporters, investing resources wisely across our multiple services: Web, radio, TV and print. We will creatively build on the value created by PBS, NPR, and other organizations to deliver rich, rewarding content.
MPBN will be known throughout Maine as an organization that listens and acts accordingly.
Our enterprise will help lead Maine towards its bright future.
At The Maine Public Broadcasting Network we value:
Civic Engagement – We view our responsibility to promote awareness and participation in the democratic process as supremely important. We actively seek to make workings of government and the public conversation as accessible as possible.
Creativity – We recognize the critical role that creativity plays in our organization’s life, as well as the broader world. We support and nurture the kind of risk-taking and innovation that are hallmarks of a creative environment.
Ethical Standards – We maintain an unwavering commitment to fairness, transparency, tolerance, diversity, and accountability in everything we do.
Life Long Learning – We believe in the power of knowledge to transform lives and promote greater understanding. We endeavor to maximize the opportunities available to the public to participate in a culture of learning throughout their lives.
Public Service – We take our role as stewards of the public trust very seriously. We strive to build value in the communities we serve through initiatives and programming that have the public interest at heart.
The Maine Public Broadcasting Network is our State’s leading source of trusted insight and content about Maine and the world.
Public radio and television broadcasting in the United States is organized as a cooperatives of community-based stations which pool resources to create shared national programming and individually serve the needs of their communities. The Maine Public Broadcasting Network serves Maine and also reaches most of New Brunswick, Canada, and parts of New Hampshire and Massachusetts.
Through its radio, television, educational and Web services, the Maine Public Broadcasting Network provides ideas, information and lifelong learning to a diverse public. The majority of these services are available to everyone at no charge. Hundreds of thousands of people find value in MPBN’s services every day. Private donations--including those received from radio members, television members, program sponsors and contributors of unrestricted gifts--comprise the largest source of revenue for the organization. The membership base alone totals over 60,000 individuals and families who form the largest nonprofit membership group in the state. In addition, thousands of volunteers donate their time and talents to the organization every year.
Formation of the Maine Public Broadcasting Network
The Maine Public Broadcasting Network was formed in 1992 through the merger of the educational radio and television stations provided by the University of Maine System and WCBB public television operated by Colby, Bates and Bowdoin Colleges. The Maine Public Broadcasting Network is an independently owned and operated 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with office and studio locations in Bangor, Lewiston and Portland, Maine.