Bob McGrath, ‘Sesame Street’ Legend, Dies At 90

Bob McGrath, an actor, musician and children’s author widely known for his portrayal of one of the first regular characters on the children’s show “Sesame Street” has died at the age of 90. McGrath’s passing was confirmed by his family who posted on his Facebook page on Sunday: “The McGrath family has some sad news […]

Talking TV Transcript: Mo Rocca’s Innovation Nation Milestone

TVNewsCheck‘s Michael Depp talks with Mo Rocca, host of Innovation Nation, which has just celebrated its 200th episode, on the show’s enduring, omni-generational appeal, the state of E/I programming and the competition the space is getting from YouTubers.

Talking TV: Mo Rocca’s ‘Innovation Nation’ Milestone

TVNewsCheck‘s Michael Depp talks with Mo Rocca, host of Innovation Nation, which has just celebrated its 200th episode, on the syndicated show’s enduring, omni-generational appeal; the state of E/I programming; and the competition the space is getting from YouTubers. Click here for a full episode transcript.

Chicago Kids TV Pioneer Bill ‘BJ’ Jackson Dies at 86

Children’s TV Veteran Linda Kahn Dies

‘Arthur’ To End At PBS Kids After Season 25

Arthur, the longest-running children’s animated series in the history of American television, is set to end with its 25th season. The iconic children’s series will end on PBS Kids with its final season debuting in the winter of 2022.

Sonny Fox, TV Host Who Connected With Kids On ‘Wonderama,’ Dies At 95

FCC Proposes $20,000 Fine For Program-Length Commercial In Children’s Programming

The FCC’s Video Division yesterday issued a Notice of Apparent Liability to WUTB Baltimore for airing a commercial for a Hot Wheels product in eight showings of the program Team Hot Wheels.  The commission has, for almost 30 years, had a policy against what they term “program-length commercials” — programs that feature characters who are also featured in a commercial that runs during the program.

How ‘Sesame Street’ Stayed On The Air During Virus

Gene London, Longtime Philly Kids TV Host, Dies

YouTube Influencers Beg FTC To Not Limit Lucrative Kid-Tracking Data

Ratings For Kids Cable Networks Are Not Alright

The holiday season is a great time to be a kid, but December isn’t turning out to be a great time to be a cable TV network aimed at children. Ratings continue to plummet for the big kids networks, according to a report from Todd Juenger of Sanford C. Bernstein. The kids networks have been early victims of the shift to digital forms of entertainment, including streaming.

Clifford, Everybody’s Favorite Big Red Dog, Gets A Reboot

NEW YORK (AP) — Who’s your favorite big red dog? If you have one, chances are his name is Clifford. Scholastic Entertainment is rebooting the TV series about the giant dog with an equally large heart this week on Amazon Prime Video and PBS, the latter his home since the early aughts. The new show […]

Stu Rosen, Creator Of Emmy-Winning ‘Dusty’s Treehouse,’ Dies

LGBTQ Diversity On Kids TV Growing

Zeke Stokes, chief programs officer for the media monitoring nonprofit GLAAD, said the struggle for inclusion has become easier as a number of LGBTQ writers and producers have made their way into positions of influence, though they’re still a fraction overall.

O’Reilly Warns Against Abusing Kidvid Flexibility

Michael O’Rielly, the FCC commissioner who authored the relaxation of children’s TV rules, says stations should not take advantage of the new rules to shirk their responsibility to children. “If bad actors blow through the restraints that are still in place or exploit the increased flexibility by broadcasting an infinite amount of infomercials, the next time the rules are updated, critics of your industry will surely be aggressive in swinging the pendulum back the other direction.”

Dems To FCC: Leave Kids TV Rules Alone

Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and eight of his Democratic Senate colleagues have called on the FCC to preserve the FCC’s Kidvid rules, which the commission is currently considering loosening to give broadcasters more flexibility on when and how their that programming, or perhaps eliminating some entirely.

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