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Internal investigation: VPT board violated open meeting regulations

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COLCHESTER, Vt. -

An internal investigation at Vermont Public Television indicates the board of directors violated open meeting regulations.

VPT announced last month that the federal funding agency-- the Corporation for Public Broadcasting-- was investigating an anonymous complaint that the board had met and conducted business without properly advertising and warning the meetings to the public.

The board's audit committee announced Friday morning that its own preliminary investigation shows some violations linked to closed sessions for the purpose of discussion of personnel issues.

"Following a closed session, the organization should issue a brief written statement identifying the reasons for the closing of the meeting. Our initial review suggests that in some instances this procedural aspect of the open meeting requirements may not have been satisfied," said Tom Pelletier, the chair of the VPT Board Audit Committee.

VPT continues to investigate and the full board will discuss the matter Monday. Some VPT employees are criticizing the board for any violations that may have occurred, fearing it could cost the station critical federal funding.

Click here for the resolution from the audit committee meeting.

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