Lehrer Decries PBS’s Lack Of Weekend News

When the Tucson massacre broke, PBS’s Jim Lehrer spent two days glued to … CNN. That’s because the tragedy occurred on a Saturday, and on weekends, the public network has no regular news presence. “I was itching to get on the air,” he acknowledges. “Despite my advanced age [76], when I see the fire trucks, I want to know where they’re going. It’s a hell of a story. I wish we had had the airtime and resources to cover it.”

‘Masterpiece,’ Icon Of PBS, Turns 40

PBS To Air Jeff Bridges Profile ‘The Dude Abides’

PBS Looking To Revisit ‘An American Family’

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — PBS is looking at ways to make its 1973 documentary “An American Family” publicly available again to coincide with an upcoming HBO film that shows how television cameras changed the life of the Loud family. The HBO film, set to air in April, stars Tim Robbins and Diane Lane as Bill […]

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Why KCET Never Became Major PBS Player

Critics say the station lacked ambition and failed to tap Hollywood resources. Station officials say they were kept down by a network that catered to three powerful East Coast entities.

Roger Mudd Donates $4 Million To Alma Mater

PBS Receives $500,000 Gates Foundation Grant

PBS has received a nearly $500,000 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to create new, educational multiplatform digital content to advance math achievement in partnership with New York City Department of Education’s experimental School of One (So1). New content will be created specifically for the personalized classroom instruction platform pioneered by So1 and distributed […]

TVNEWSCHECK FOCUS ON BUSINESS

There’s Gold In Ch. Leasing, But Not Much

Bert Ellis is leasing digitial capacity on his Los Angeles indie KDOC to pay-TV service Sezmi for almost $1 million a year, but, according to a TVNewsCheck survey of stations in Los Angeles and two other top-10 markets, he may be one of the few earning significant revenue from the digital sideline.

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KCET’s Post-PBS Incarnation Still Unfocused

KCET will ring out 2010 on Dec. 31 with Live From Lincoln Center, a performance of the New York Philharmonic with piano virtuoso Lang Lang. Exactly what will happen after that remains to be seen, as L.A.’s longtime public television leader continues to scramble to solidify its programming in its post-PBS incarnation.

Public Broadcasting In Fight Of Its Life

Massive budget shortfalls, vicious in-fighting and a power shift in Washington. Make no mistake, public media is facing the biggest ever threat to its existence. This time, the haters are deadly serious. And they have timing on their side.

PBS, 9 Stations Get $2.2 Million In Grants

Membership Challenge Grants are designed to strengthen local fundraising efforts, empowering local communities with education, news and arts programming.

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KOCE To Be PBS’s Home In Southern Calif.

Following KCET’s decision in October to drop PBS, KOCE will take over the noncommercial network’s primary affiliation in Los Angeles beginning Jan. 1.

PBS Edited Tina Fey’s Controversial Speech

Comments against Sarah Palin were deleted, but the network claims it’s only because the broadcast ran 19 minutes long.

PBS’s ‘Nightly Business Report’ Cuts Jobs

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KCET Offers View Of Its Programming Future

Locally produced fare is a part of a programming “work in progress” as the Los Angeles station faces loss of PBS shows on Jan. 1.

EXECUTIVE SESSION WITH PAULA KERGER

PBS’s Take On KCET Los Angeles’ Defection

Paula Kerger, president of the Public Broadcasting Service, explains how PBS tried to keep KCET Los Angeles in the fold, and why, ultimately, the public network couldn’t swing a deal. The station wanted a break on the $7 million is was paying PBS in dues. But it wouldn’t have been fair to other stations that play by the rules, says Kerger. “[T]he basic tenet is equity,” says Kerger. “They asked for something we couldn’t accommodate.”