NHPTV partners with WGBH, breaks with UNH

New Hampshire Public Television is contracting some business services out to Boston’s WGBH, but says its independence and local focus will remain. …

As of July 1, WGBH took over some accounting functions that were previously done in-house, Lessner said. She said the people handling those functions found other employment.

“Because we are similar businesses, it makes sense to use their services for that,”  Lessner said.

Effective the same date, NHPTV is no longer a wholly owned subsidiary of the University System of New Hampshire, but an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. …

She said neighboring public televisions have common behind-the-scenes functions, including underwriting, membership departments, engineering and master control, and broadcasting.

“We are looking at ways to collaborate so we can take advantage of that overlap and are not duplicating efforts,” Lessner said. “So those conversations are still underway.”

Robert B. Peirce, 72, EEN Director of Engineering

Robert B. Peirce, of Dedham, passed away Saturday, October 1st, after a 6 year battle with prostate cancer. He fought with strength, hope, and grace. He was surrounded by his many family and loved ones at the time of his passing.

Bob was born in 1939 in Upper Darby, PA. He graduated from the University of Delaware with a degree in electrical engineering. He later went on to do post-graduate studies at Queens University in Canada and Northeastern University. Bob spent his career in television and post production here in the Boston area, including positions as Director of Engineering for E.E.N. and co-founder of Pisces Productions.

Bob was an avid outdoorsman, pursuing his passions for rock and tree climbing, sea kayaking, bicycling, hiking, and cross-country skiing. Bob also enjoyed putting his MacGyver-like skills to work building furniture and doing home repairs. But, above all, Bob was happiest spending time with his beloved wife Angela Kane, his children Robert Peirce and wife Liz, Garry Peirce and wife Brenda, daughter Lisa (Peirce) Boyle and husband John, stepchildren Bernadette (Kane) Goudreault, John Kane and wife Kristin, Rich Kane, Linda (Kane) Maerov and husband Jeff, and Grandchildren Alex, Kate, Jenna, Cammie, Adriana, Ben, Andrew, Haley, and Samantha.