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New UNC-TV trustee, Bob Orr, has ties to right-wing political magnate Art Pope

Posted by on Thu, Aug 25, 2011 at 2:58 PM

Correction: The original version of this story incorrectly stated the station was WUNC-TV. The correct name is UNC-TV.

WUNC, the radio station, is not under this board and is not affiliated with the TV station. Read about WUNC here.

Two conservatives, including one with direct ties to millionaire and right-wing political magnate Art Pope, have been named to the UNC-TV Board of Trustees, according to WRAL.

UNC-TV is the statewide public television station.

Robert Orr, executive director and senior counsel for the N.C. Institute for Constitutional Law, was appointed by Republican House Speaker Thom Tillis.

As the Indy and Facing South reported in March, Pope is the institute’s treasurer and has served as chair and vice chair of its board of directors. The institute has received more than $3.2 million from the Pope Foundation since its founding in 1994.

Orr also served as a former N.C. Supreme Court associate justice.

Rick Martinez is a conservative columnist for The News & Observer and is news director of radio station WPTF. He co-hosts a radio program with his wife, Donna Martinez; she worked as an associate editor for the Carolina Journal, the flagship media program ofh the John Locke Foundation. The foundation has received more than $20 million from the Pope Foundation; Pope, who helped launch it in 1990, sits on its board.

Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger, a Republican, appointed Martinez.

There were two other appointments: Jim Goodmon, president of Capitol Broadcasting, was appointed by Gov. Beverly Perdue. Capitol Broadcasting is the parent company of WRAL.

The UNC Board of Governors appointed Sabrina Bengel of New Bern, a travel and tourism executive and a member of the North Carolina Travel & Tourism board.

Correction: The original version of this story stated the station was WUNC-TV. It is UNC-TV, which is different from WUNC, the radio station.

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