Rocky Mountain PBS formally teams with investigative news service
Colorado’s longstanding public broadcasting voice has formalized a partnership with the nonprofit investigative news service I-News — officially adding the service’s in-depth news coverage to Rocky Mountain Public Broadcasting’s reach across television stations and online across the state.
Rocky Mountain PBS and I-News have actually been partners since the independent news service first formed in 2009, and the merger will make formal that sharing of space and content, according to a press release announcing the deal.
I-News staffers and correspondents have received three Emmys and five Pulitzers, according to the release. The news service independently reports on issues of statewide importance and local impact, and was formed to help newsrooms address multi-layered, investigative topics during a time when news-gathering operations across the country are shrinking.
“At a time when most media outlets are contracting, Rocky Mountain PBS is expanding services and growing membership,” said Doug Price, Rocky Mountain PBS president and CEO, in announcing the merger. The company had an operating budget of $10.3 million last fiscal year, and more than 60 percent of that came from individuals pledging support.
The company’s local over-the-air television station is KRMJ, with network affiliates in Denver, Pueblo/Colorado Springs, Steamboat Springs and Durango. The company says it has more than 900,000 weekly viewers, including viewers in neighboring Wyoming and Nebraska.
The Daily Sentinel on Sunday will begin running installments of I-News Network’s “Losing Ground,” which examines ethnic and racial inequities in Colorado through analysis of six decades of U.S. Census Bureau data.
KUVO/KVJZ, a primarily jazz and blues station that can be heard in Denver, Breckenridge and Vail. The station is also online at kuvo.org.