A century-old fixture of entertainment contracts that was triggered by a silent movie star’s arrest for rape and murder is now under the microscope thanks to fired public TV host Tavis Smiley’s #MeToo-era lawsuit.
Celebrating its 50th anniversary, PBS is both looking back on its heritage and looking ahead. The public broadcaster is launching PBS American Portrait, which Paula Kerger, president and CEO, called a “digital-first national storytelling project” about “what it really means to be an American today.”
According to a newly unsealed report from a PBS-hired external investigator, former talk-show host Tavis Smiley’s alleged misconduct dates back decades and spans inappropriate sexual comments and touching, verbal abuse, as well as sexual relationships with subordinates and guests on his show.
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 […]
Rebecca Eaton, executive producer of PBS’ long-running Masterpeice, is stepping aside after 35 years. Susanne Simpson will take over as executive producer of the drama series after serving as deputy executive producer for the past dozen years.
Public television’s 1973 coverage is both a preview of coming impeachment attractions and a memento of an irretrievable media past.
The $4 million project, funded by the Knight Foundation and Corporation for Public Broadcasting, supports local reporting teams financially and with expertise from people at Frontline.
The first episode of Sesame Street — sponsored by the letters W, S and E and the numbers 2 and 3 — aired in the fall of 1969. The show was designed by education professionals and child psychologists with one goal: to help low-income and minority students aged 2-5 overcome some of the deficiencies they had when entering school.
PBS has signed a landmark multiyear deal with YouTube TV that secures carriage for all PBS stations and the PBS Kids network on the live television and on-demand subscription service owned by Google.
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — A documentary about the life and political career of former President George W. Bush is coming to PBS stations next year. The two-part documentary, titled “W,” will include interviews with historians, journalists and inner-circle members. Among them: Bush’s chiefs of staff, press secretary Ari Fleischer and speechwriter David Frum. The […]
Already the public broadcaster’s longest-serving president, Paula Kerger will remain through 2024. She has been with PBS since 2006 and during her tenure it has moved from the 14th most-watched network in the United States to No. 6.
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — PBS will air a documentary on EGOT winner Rita Moreno, the network announced Monday. “Rita Moreno: The Girl Who Decided to Go for It” will chart her decades-long career. It will feature interviews, archival footage, reenactments of Moreno’s childhood and animation. Norman Lear and Lin-Manuel Miranda have partnered to produce the project, […]
WASHINGTON (AP) — Comedian Dave Chappelle has been chosen to receive this year’s Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. The 45-year-old Chappelle shot to international stardom through his Comedy Central program, “Chappelle’s Show,” which gleefully skewered racial stereotypes and hot-button societal issues. He later made headlines for walking away from a lucrative contract over creative […]
PBS and Samsung are putting finishing touches on a pair of apps that will make it easy for owners of Samsung smart TVs to stream national and local PBS shows. Samsung apps for PBS Video and PBS Kids, both co-branded with local stations and enabling viewer donations, will be released in Samsung’s Smart Hub app store within the next two months.
PBS Living, a new over-the-top streaming channel featuring lifestyle and how-to content, will launch Thursday on Prime Video Channels, an Amazon subscription service. PBS Distribution, which is overseeing the channel deal, is also “restructuring and extending” its partnership with Amazon on PBS Kids content, PBSd Co-President Andrea Downing told station GMs.
The Knight Foundation says it will invest $300 million in local journalism over the next five years. Among the beneficiaries are the American Journalism Project, which provides grants to local nonprofit news organizations; the investigative site ProPublica; Report for America, a service organization that pays for the hiring of local journalists; and PBS’s Frontline, the documentary program that’s making its first foray into local news.
PBS, already offering programs on streaming outlets such as Amazon, Netflix and Roku, is considering additional agreements with Sling TV and YouTube TV. “We’ve been in discussions with them,” said PBS President Paula Kerger Saturday during the PBS portion of the annual winter press tour for TV writers. “I’m not making any announcements today, but stay tuned. … We think that’s certainly a place that our viewers would appreciate.”
PBS has signed a long-term lease on a new headquarters less than a mile from its current location in Arlington, Va., and will move in summer 2020. The broadcaster has been housed at 2100 Crystal Drive since 2006. That lease expires in 2021, PBS President Paula Kerger told GMs in an email.
President Trump has asked the broadcast networks to clear 9 p.m. ET Tuesday, during which, based on his tweet, it is presumed he will make good on his threat to declare a state of national emergency to build his southern border wall.
Noncommercial TV stations want the FCC to let them spend the money on a post-incentive auction repack campaign funded by Congress in the Ray Baum’s FCC reauthorization act. That would include coordinating the campaign for both noncommercial and commercial stations.
Discovery and ABC both rely on the cloud — one public, one private — to deliver their cable networks. Now broadcasters are looking at how the cloud can benefit not just distribution but also production, whether that means live news or sports coverage or post-production applications like editing.
The ousted anchor can’t force PBS to hand over internal documents dating back decades and two of his claims have been dismissed.
The BBC, Fox News and PBS are the most-trusted TV news brands in the U.S., according to Research Intelligencer by Brand Keys, which surveyed 4,012 viewers who rated broadcast and cable brands that they watch more than three times per week “to determine how much trust those brands engendered.”
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Betty White sees no point in slowing down at age 96, as long as her phone keeps ringing with offers to work. The actress known for her roles in “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and “The Golden Girls” is marking her 80th year in show business with a PBS special […]
PBS has named Perry Simon has been named chief programming executive and general manager, general audience programming. In his new role, Simon will oversee all non-children’s programming for the public broadcaster. Simon was general manager of BBC America from 2010 to 2015.