The joint operators of a large public radio system are at odds over spending by one partner that the other says endangers the network’s fiscal health, according to the Mail Tribune and the Associated Press.
The fight between Southern Oregon University and the Jefferson Public Radio Foundation arises from an audit commissioned by the Oregon University System of the foundation’s finances. Both the university and the foundation own stations in the Medford-based Jefferson Public Radio network, which broadcasts in southern Oregon and northern California.
The audit questioned nonradio spending by the foundation, including its renovation of a Medford theater and construction of new headquarters, which university officials fear could undermine the radio network’s finances. The foundation’s board is scheduled to meet Friday to consider a mediated settlement that would separate the stations from the foundation.
The mayors of Medford and Ashland, Ore., home of the university, have appealed to both sides for a cooling-off period in the dispute, which has reportedly seen lawsuit threats if the foundation declines to sign the settlement.