NPR’s ‘Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me’ To Debut On TV

NEW YORK (AP) — NPR’s “Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me” is coming to TV for the first time. The comedic radio quiz show will debut on BBC America with a year-in-review special Dec. 23. Host Peter Sagal, scorekeeper Carl Kasell and a panel including Paula Poundstone and Alonzo Bodden will discuss 2011’s biggest events. […]

Five More Poirot Episodes For David Suchet

‘Downton Abbey’ Renewed For Third Season

PBS Show Producers Also Make Its Ads Too

PBS Slots Steve Jobs Documentary For Nov. 2

Bo Jones Named President Of MacNeil/Lehrer Prods

PBS ‘Like Drive’ Nabs FB Fans, Engagement

In a modern twist to a TV pledge drive, PBS ran a Facebook “Like Drive” last week that rewarded fans with exclusive video clips for helping promote some of PBS’s most beloved people and shows. The drive helped land more than 18,000 in all for the week, stopping just short of 950,000 total likes for the page.

Viewers Gripe About PBS On-Screen Promos

PBS Still A Leader In Fine Arts Programming

There was a time — say, 10-15 years ago — when the value of PBS was questionable. Cable networks were making inroads on what was traditionally PBS turf with A&E and Bravo and Trio swiping arts programs, including British costume dramas that in the past would have turned up on Masterpiece Theatre. But in the years since, Trio became Sleuth while A&E and Bravo dropped any pretense of airing arts shows, ceding the genre back to PBS.

PBS To Debut Doc On Apple Mobile Devices

Prohibition, a new three-part documentary from Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, will debut on PBS’s iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch apps before its television premiere.

Anchor Stewart To Leave PBS’s ‘Need to Know’


Passion For Early TV Leads To Emmy Nods

Shooting a documentary on the early innovators of television seemed natural to former WTMJ Milwaukee photographer Steve Boettcher (left) and Mike Trinklein, because they wanted to get the recollections of the medium’s trailblazers recorded while those giants were still around. Financed with a credit card, Pioneers of Television found a home on PBS and the original hour program did well enough that it grew into a four-show series, followed by another four episodes. Both received Emmy nominations, with the second series up for consideration this year.

PBS’s ‘American Masters’ To Profile Woody Allen

PBS Plans A British Digital Channel

PBS’ ‘Masterpiece’ Lands A Title Sponsor

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — The PBS program “Masterpiece” is marking its 40th year in style. “Masterpiece” executive producer Rebecca Eaton announced that a national corporate sponsor, a luxury cruise company, will be on board for the first time in more than six years. Viking River Cruises will contribute an unspecified amount to the PBS […]

PBS Sets Animated ‘Mister Rogers’ Spinoff

‘Roadshow’ Appraises Chinese Cups At $1M+

NEW YORK (AP) — An Oklahoma man has more than a million reasons to be happy he brought his collection of Chinese rhinoceros horned cups to be appraised by experts with the PBS series “Antiques Roadshow.” PBS says the collection was judged Saturday by Asian art expert Lark Mason at a taping in Tulsa, Okla., […]

Kerger: PBS Eliminating 21 Positions

PBS is eliminating 13 current staff positions and eight vacancies, PBS President Paula Kerger said in a letter to the system Wednesday.

PBS To Look At ‘America In Primetime’

PBS has done a great job recalling the Pioneers of Television, so this fall the focus shifts to looking at more recent TV shows. America In Primetime will look at the shows and characters that have “both reflected and shaped our national character.” The four-part series airs 8-9 p.m. Sundays from Oct. 30 to Nov. 20.

Puerto Rican Station Drops PBS Shows

Puerto Rico’s government-controlled WIPR dropped its PBS membership on July 1 — the fourth member station to quit this year. Puerto Rico TV, which produces and broadcasts mostly in Spanish, carried only the English versions of PBS Kids programs. Pedro Rua, WIPR’s EVP, said WIPR and PBS negotiated for about a year but could not reach an agreement that would retain the station as a member.

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WUCF Will Be Central Florida’s PBS Station

PBS last week gave its blessing to WUCF Orlando, which will start July 1 and replace WMFE as Central Florida’s primary public television channel.

Hackers Post Phony Story On PBS Website

PBS officials say hackers have cracked the network’s website, posting a phony story claiming dead rapper Tupac Shakur was alive in New Zealand, and a group that claimed responsibility for the hacking complained about a recent Frontline investigative news program on WikiLeaks.

PBS To Inject Promos, Credits In Primetime

PBS will begin breaking into programs with underwriting and promo spots four times per hour on an experimental basis beginning this fall in an effort to keep viewers tuned in. The move could be controversial for the network, which has traditionally prided itself on offering uninterrupted programming over its 40-year history.

PBS Stations Consider Opting Out Over Dues

In Chicago, Orlando and Los Angeles, markets with more than one PBS station, the cost of programming may be unreasonable as pledge contributions dwindle and some PBS stations are questioning whether they can continue to find a way to make the PBS business model work.

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Noncommercial WDSC May Go Off The Air

Daytona State College may stop offering public broadcasting programs on its Daytona Beach, Fla., station come July 1 and the entire station is at risk of closing unless another option is found.Administrators said the college has already cut the $250,000 it costs for the PBS programs for the next fiscal year and is also struggling to pay $1.5 million overall to run the  station, which includes production costs and other programming.


PBS, Stations To Launch PBS LearningMedia

The new digital education service is designed to help increase student achievement.

PBS Introduces iPad App For Children

The app will give children with iPads free access to more than 1,000 videos from top PBS Kids and PBS Kids Go! series, PBS says.

PBS, ABC Score In Daytime Emmy Noms

PBS and ABC led the field with 57 nominations and 56 nominations, respectively. Among programs, ABC’s General Hospital landed 21 noms. followed by CBS’s The Young and the Restless (20) and PBS’s Sesame Street (16).

PBS Launches SUPER WHY, Its First Android App

PBS today launched the SUPER WHY App for Android, its first application for the Android platform. The SUPER WHY App, designed to help children build critical literacy skills through immersive and entertaining storybook adventures, is based on the award-winning hit preschool series from Out of the Blue Enterprises. The app, which debuted on other mobile […]

PBS Testing EAS Via Mobile DTV

As a proof-of-concept, PBS will feed Emergency Alert System information to a variety of mobile platforms, including smart phones, computer tablets, laptops, in-car navigation systems and devices that incorporate the required ATSC Mobile DTV receiver chip.

Moyers Ends Effort To Bring Series To PBS

Kerger: Viewers Helped Save PBS Funding

Despite efforts to strip government funding for public broadcasting, PBS chief Paula Kerger said the federal budget deal retains most of the money that President Obama had set aside for public television and radio stations. The response of viewers was key, she said.

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PBS Next-Gen EAS Pilot To Use Mobile DTV

Key partners include LG Electronics and its U.S. R&D subsidiary, Zenith, which will develop handheld mobile DTV devices to receive the new alerts and will provide funding for the project.

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Daystar Buying Noncom WFME For $5 Million

Daystar Television Network, an evangelical Christian broadcaster based in Dallas, plans to buy public television station WMFE Orlando, Fla., for about $5 million.

Bill Moyers Eyes A Possible Return To PBS

Next Ken Burns Documentary: Vietnam War

Ken Burns will produce a 10-12 hour documentary about the history “and meaning” of the Vietnam War, PBS announced Monday. The series, PBS said, will explore the military, political, cultural, social and human “dimensions” of what has been called “the war of lost illusions.”

In Tight Times, PBS Leans On Pledge Drives

Since 2005, the average amount of time PBS member stations devote to on-air pledge drives has increased by 9%, with some stations running the special shows for 10 weeks a year.


KOCE Eager To Fill Its Major Market Role

While the Orange County, Calif., PBS station was quickly thrown into the national spotlight last year when it stepped in to fill the programming gap left when KCET Los Angeles ended its PBS affiliation, it’s lost no time in moving forward. KOCE President Mel Rogers talks about the station’s progress and explains its plans as it expands its reach to cover all of the nation’s second-largest market.


Most Voters Oppose Ending Pubcast Funding

A PBS-commissioned survey finds Americans across the political spectrum see PBS and public TV stations as highly trusted and an excellent taxpayer value.