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Longtime president of VPT out

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COLCHESTER, Vt. -

A shake up at Vermont Public Television-- the president and CEO is out. After 15 years at the top, John King is leaving VPT.

King has been with VPT for 27 years, but it was announced to staff Wednesday that he is gone. VPT's board of directors says King and VPT "parted ways," but would not say if the decision was mutual.

There have been allegations of long-running struggles between the board and King. The U.S. inspector general launched an investigation into VPT over the possible violation of public meeting laws, because VPT uses federal money. There were allegations the meetings focused on personnel issues between King, staff and the board.

VPT Board Chair Pam Mackenzie says she has no hard feelings against King.

"It's a personnel conversation and that's as far as we are going to speak about it. But I will say that we are incredibly grateful for the numbers of years of service he provided to VPT and public television across the United States," Mackenzie said.

We reached John King by phone and he declined to comment.

VPT has hired Charlie Smith of KeyBank as a temporary president for six months until the station finds a permanent replacement.

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