Kerger Talks Incentive Auction ,’Sesame Street’

PBS Election Specials Explore Electorate Shift

PBS Says Sorry About That Fireworks Footage

The Public Broadcasting Service said Tuesday that it should have informed viewers that footage from previous years’ fireworks displays were used on its ostensibly live program the night before. On a cloudy, misty evening in Washington where it was hard to fully see the display, the Capital Concerts production company cut in with some fireworks from a clear night.

PBS Used Old Footage In Fireworks Coverage


Veterans Tell Of War’s Horrors In PBS ‘POV’ Specia

‘PBS NewsHour’ To Host Town Hall With Obama

How ‘Frontline’ Is Hooking A New Generation

Thanks to Facebook-first films, YouTube releases and audience engagement initiatives, 70% of Frontline’s web visitors are between 18 and 49. “We’re still a big PBS broadcast, we absolutely are, and we’re also a big streaming film series online,” says the show’s executive producer, Raney Aronson. “The moment it airs, it’s digital.”

PBS Interconnect Moves Ahead Amid Change

Amid delays, funding uncertainties and upheaval in the technological landscape surrounding the sixth generation of the PBS interconnection system, leaders at PBS and CPB say the project is on track to roll out its first phase by year’s end.

PBS’s Gwen Ifill Takes Health-Related Leave

PBS Draft Budget Contains 1.5% Dues Increase

PBS Robinson Doc Reveals Complicated Life

The two-part film directed by Ken Burns, Sarah Burns and David McMahon airs Monday and Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET on most PBS stations. The first part details Robinson’s early life and his baseball career, when he became the first black player in Major League Baseball in 1947. The second part is more complex, showing Robinson navigating a civil rights era that he helped put in motion.

New PBS Series To Offer ‘Civil’ Debate Of Issues

LOS ANGELES (AP) — PBS says it’s launching a weekly series as a forum for what it called “spirited and civil” discussion of national issues. The series, “Point Taken,” will be hosted by journalist Carlos Watson, PBS said Thursday. Each half-hour episode will focus on a single topic, with guests including reporters, artists and experts […]

PBS Renews ‘Mercy Street’ For Season 2

Some PBS Viewers At Risk Of Losing Stations

The Wall Street Journal reports that local PBS stations could pull in hundreds of millions of dollars this year by selling their airwaves to the federal government in the FCC’s upcoming spectrum auction. Journal subscribers can read the full story here.

Mich. Stations A Step Ahead Of New PBS Kids Ch.

PBS To Launch 24/7 Online Kids TV Service

The free, 24-hour channel will provide child-friendly fare during primetime and other periods that draw kids, said Paula Kerger, PBS CEO. Member stations now get up to 12 hours daily of kids’ programming from PBS. The service also will be available online as a live stream on the website and on the PBS Kids video app for mobile devices and platforms such as Roku and Apple TV.

Why PBS, CNN Are Teaming Up On Debate

In an unusual arrangement, PBS NewsHour will provide its feed of Thursday’s faceoff between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton to the cable news network while also distributing it to its 350 “member” stations around the country. The debate will thus be the first of this campaign carried on two networks.


PBS’s Kerger Worries About Auction Impact

This year’s auction of broadcast spectrum could deprive viewers of access to public TV, a matter that concerns PBS President Paula Kerger. Kerger said that FCC rules preclude her from discussing individual stations. But she noted the threat of some stations going dark if their licensees choose to auction off their spectrum. “To be candid, I am concerned, as this moves forward, to make sure that the entire country is covered and able to receive television over the air,” she said.


PBS Explores NASA, Hawking, ‘Hamilton’


PBS, NPR Partner On ’16 Election Coverage

PBS and NPR will collaborate on coverage of the 2016 presidential election, the public media outlets said today. The two organizations will integrate each other’s content on their respective digital platforms, including a new election-focused platform that PBS will launch for the event.

Why ‘Mercy Street’ Could Be The New ‘Downton’


New PBS Drama Features Civil War Nurses

‘American Masters’ Gets $90,000 For Archives

Elaine May, PBS To Make Mike Nichols Documentary

Cumberbatch And ‘Sherlock’ To Return For 4th Season

LONDON (AP) — There will be more mysteries to solve for the sleuth of Baker Street. The BBC confirmed Saturday that filming on a fourth series of the hit detective drama “Sherlock” will start in next spring. The modern-day update of Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic detective stories stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes and Martin […]

‘Downton Abbey’ Final Season To Begin In January

NEW YORK (AP) — The final season of the popular British drama “Downton Abbey” will begin on Jan. 3, leading up to a finale on the first weekend of March, PBS announced Monday. The show has been both a creative and ratings triumph for the network. On the Sunday before its final episode, PBS will […]

PBS’s ‘Finding Your Roots’ Returning In January

NEW YORK (AP) — PBS’ popular “Finding Your Roots” series, temporarily shelved after an episode omitted references to the slaveholding past of Ben Affleck’s ancestor at the actor’s request, will return to public television for its third season in January. The show has hired a new fact-checker and two new genealogists as part of its […]

Dates Set For Univision, PBS Dem. Debates

Univision and PBS will host the final Democratic debates, now set for Feb. 11 in Wisconsin (PBS) and March 9 in Miami (Univision). The Democratic National Committee announced the dates Thursday, finalizing the party’s series of six debates that begin next week, with CNN’s Democratic debate in Las Vegas.

PBS, CBS Lead News & Documentary Emmys

PBS and CBS led the winners at the 36th annual News and Documentary Awards, held Monday night at Lincoln Center. But lifetime achievement honoree Ted Turner stole the show with an emotional acceptance speech that recounted his “firing” in 2001 from the company he founded.


PBS Doc Delves Into World-Class Art Forger

IBC 2015

PBS Prepares Itself For IMF Deliverables

Renard T. Jenkins, the public broadcaster’s senior director of operations: production, media and distribution, talks about why PBS is converting to the Interoperable Mastering Format for delivering programming to OTT services. While the move was spurred by a Netflix requirement, Jenkins says that because of the format’s many advantages “I think IMF makes sense. It is the right thing for television broadcasters to be looking at right now.”

Wayne Dyer, PBS Fundraising Institution, Dies

Wayne Dyer, the self-help author and speaker whose inspirational pledge shows raised millions of dollars for public television stations, died in his sleep of a heart attack Aug. 29 at home in Maui, Hawaii. He was 75. Dyer’s 10 fundraising specials for public TV brought in more than $200 million for stations, making Dyer “one of PBS’s most successful fundraisers,” according to a statement from Hay House, his publisher.

PBS Explores Life Of Tennis Great Althea Gibson

Lois Vossen Named EP of PBS’ ‘Independent Lens’

Sesame-HBO Deal Sparks Soul-Searching

The Aug. 13 announcement that HBO will premiere new episodes of Sesame Street, which will then be made available to PBS after nine months has prompted soul-searching among public broadcasters and others who recalled Sesame Street’s groundbreaking role in using free over-the-air broadcasts to teach preschoolers from low-income families the basic skills they need to succeed in school.

A New Location For ‘Sesame Street’

In a surprise move, the kids’ series heads to HBO. New episodes will air on longtime carrier PBS nine months later. The most significant part of the deal: Streaming rights.

PBS To Drop One-Hour ‘Sesame Street’ In Fall

PBS will discontinue the long-running one-hour version of Sesame Street this fall, it announced to stations Wednesday, and will continue airing new half-hour episodes that premiered last year. The new schedule, which takes effect Nov. 16, will feature the 30-minute version at 10 a.m.


PBS Airing Women’s Health Special


PBS Preps For Life Without ‘Downton Abbey’

It will soon to be a time of transition for PBS: Its biggest hit, Downton Abbey, begins its final run Jan. 3, and after it’s done the show’s absence will leave a void, which PBS President Paula Kerger was quick to acknowledge during the PBS portion of the TV critics summer press tour. However, she added, she doesn’t believe the hit show will be the “last great drama.”


‘Frontline’ Expands Into Multi-Part Series

PBS’s venerable documentary franchise Frontline is expanding into multi-part investigative series, exec producer Raney Aronson told reporters Sunday during PBS’s portion of the Television Critics Association’s press tour.