Vegas PBS Names John Turner Director of Engineering, Information Technology and Emergency Response

LAS VEGASVegas PBS announced today that John Turner has joined the public service television station as Director of Engineering, Information Technology and Emergency Response.

Turner will supervise all informational technology, engineering and emergency response operation functions for Vegas PBS. He will direct technical planning, organization and the direction of Vegas PBS’ broadcast systems. These include broadcast transmitter and translator infrastructure for nine over the air channels, digital technology systems that include on demand internet program access and six cable channels for the public. He will support all local program production.

Turner will also manage technical aspects of a digital library of educational program and curriculum materials, and a 26-channel closed circuit classroom cable service used by the Clark County School District to deliver educational media content to classrooms. Turner will supervise and maintain multiple Vegas PBS emergency response services including the Warning, Alert and Response Network (WARN), which provides an alternate path for public safety alerts – such as AMBER alerts and flash flood warnings – to wireless carriers.

Turner has worked in television for nearly three decades. Before joining Vegas PBS, Turner worked in similar capacities for KVVU-TV and KLAS-TV, the Las Vegas affiliate stations of Fox and CBS, respectively. He served as Director of News Operations at KVVU-TV beginning in 1997 before becoming Assistant Director of Engineering and Operations in 2015. He also served as Manager of Technical Services at KLAS-TV.

Turner was admitted to the Nevada Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame in 2010 and is an Emmy-winner for Feature News Piece on the Gulf War. Turner volunteered as Director of Technology and Production at Shadows Hills Church from 2003 to 2015, where he was responsible for the operations, maintenance and repair, staffing, training, budgets, and overall management of production.

“I am thrilled to be part of the Vegas PBS Engineering and IT team,” said Turner. “I am excited for the future of the station. My entire career has been spent in news, operations, technology and engineering disciplines in the broadcast industry. I look forward to employing these skills at Vegas PBS.

“Going forward, I hope to capitalize on the already committed, enthusiastic and eager station staff. I believe any high-quality production and service is facilitated by experience and a healthy workplace. Vegas PBS offers both qualities.”

About Vegas PBS
Dedicated to enriching lives in Southern Nevada, Vegas PBS uses television and other technologies to educate and empower individuals and to amplify the effectiveness of community organizations.

Vegas PBS Channel 10 is one of America’s most-watched PBS stations and offers five unique secondary channels: Create, VEGAS PBS KIDS, Worldview, Rewind and Jackpot! Vegas PBS also collaborates with strategic partners to create content that examines current and historic regional issues.

Vegas PBS provides outreach programs to assist students of any age, from childhood through adulthood; professional development services for teachers; online adult job training and education courses; career services and resources for veterans; literacy and health workshops for families; educational materials for the deaf, hard of hearing, blind or vision impaired; and 24/7 online access to content via an array of devices and media.

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