Connie Wodlinger out at ME Television
Former CEO of troubled 24-hour Music and Entertainment network has resigned
By Belinda Acosta,
4:52PM, Tue. Aug. 11, 2009
Austin is too small to contain a rumor like the one about Connie Wodlinger's departure from Music and Entertainment Television (ME TV). That rumor hit the street weeks ago and today, those rumors became official. The founder and current ME Television CEO is leaving the network after a turbulent year that saw the layoff of most of its staff and lingering questions about its financial stability.
The official Aug. 11 press announcement revealing Wodlinger’s departure is upbeat and forward looking, merely stating that she is leaving the network to “pursue other television interests.” Kevin Kettler, a longtime ME TV investor and a former Chief Technology Officer for Dell, Inc., will serve as Interim CEO. A new CEO will be hired following a national search. Wodlinger is not entirely out of the ME TV picture. She will still hold an equity stake in the network and serve on the Management Committee, which appointed Kettler as the Interim CEO. In addition, an External Advisory Board will be established, composed of community and national experts “to help craft strategic directions, the expansion of internet-based programming and distribution, and improved coordination between musicians and the Austin production community in an effort to develop new programming content and concepts for broadcast,” according to press materials. “These are exciting times for M*E Television,” Kettler says in the official press release. “As the Austin and Texas digital media scene continues to grow and develop, so will our network and the entertainment we offer. I look forward to engaging with the City and the Austin entertainment community as we develop our plans for future programming.” M*E Television launched Oct. 1, 2005 and is currently broadcast to Austin and the 40 surrounding cities reaching over 400,000 cable subscribers.