CPB Audit Finds Problems At KDNA/Yakima
April 15, 2010 at 4:34 AM (PT)
A CORPORATION FOR PUBLIC BROADCASTING audit of grants and fiscal year 2008 expenditures at embattled NORTHWEST COMMUNITIES EDUCATION CENTER Spanish Variety noncommercial KDNA/YAKIMA, WA uncovered "questionable" expenditures and record keeping at the station. The CPB said it found "questionable restricted expenditures of $58.857," spent on national rather than the intended local programming, overstated Non-Federal Financial Support Funds contributions that led to potential overpayments by the CPB, faulty record keeping, and inadequate response by management to requests for fiscal year 2009 records. "Future entitlements," said the report, "may be jeopardized by continuing noncompliance."
The station's Exec. Dir. MARIA FERNANDEZ was recently fired after a tenure marked by staff conflicts and a long-running protest by former staffers. Interim Exec. Dir. MIRTA LAURA CONTRERAS responded that the station's management transition left a situation where "virtually all staff are new so that institutional history is limited (i.e., efficiently obtaining accurate information about the past systems and data has been difficult)." The station is presently attempting to review the problems and move forward with compliant operations and plans.
A separate audit of WHYY INC. noncommercial News-Talk WHYY-F and PBS affiliate WHYY-TV/PHILADELPHIA showed that the stations complied with the rules except for $403,514 improperly claimed as direct revenue contributions for television in 2007 and 2008, as well as some accounting and open meeting violations.