Michael Jones, PBS’s chief operating officer since January 2009, is moving into an advisory role as executive vice president. In a Sept. 9 memo detailing several changes within PBS’s top ranks, President Paula Kerger announced that Jones will continue to report to her, serving “as a chief adviser working closely with me on a series of critical projects.” Those include management of an upgrade to public TV’s interconnection system and issues related to television spectrum issues.
Stars and friends of the late comedian will share memories in Robin Williams Remembered — A Pioneers of Television Special. The one-hour show will feature Williams’ last full-length TV interview, including never-before-seen footage and Williams’ stories from his early days as a stand-up comedian, his desire to be a dramatic actor and his efforts to entertain U.S. troops overseas.
One of the biggest events of the TV year and one of the finest new series of the summer arrive on the small screen the next two weeks. In the past, both productions would have been on PBS. Instead, they are on Internet television — Netflix and the Maryland-based Acorn subscription service. Together, they offer a snapshot of both the way technology is radically changing the manner in which we watch TV and the extent to which a downsized PBS is melting away to nothingness except fundraisers, Ken Burns and Downton Abbey.
After rising the primetime ratings ranks over the last two years, PBS is experimenting with ways to draw new viewers including on-demand viewing and extending online offerings. Like other networks, the public broadcaster is trying to reach younger audiences.
After 45 years as an hourlong show, PBS will add a half-hour afternoon version of Sesame Street this fall to meet increased competition for preschoolers.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — PBS says “Antiques Roadshow” is dropping appraisals of ivory tusks. The tusks won’t be shown in new episodes or in segments drawn from previously aired shows, PBS said Wednesday. The popular public TV series features a wide variety of items brought in for professional assessment, including of their market value. The […]
As television viewers increasingly turn to video on demand to watch shows when they want, PBS and its stations plan to follow them, but with a twist: They are creating a streaming video service that will be available only to members of local PBS stations.
A seven-part Ken Burns documentary on the Roosevelt political dynasty, The Roosevelts: An Intimate History, will air as two-hour episodes over seven nights, beginning Sept. 14. Each episode will be repeated nightly and the show will be widely available for post-air online viewing.
PBS is making clear it is interested in selling sponsorships and other types of advertising for the online video clips and series that are published through its PBS Digital Studios division. But, the nonprofit realizes there is a fine line to walk.
PBS is expanding its digital-video footprint, announcing four new series bowing on YouTube and other platforms that will join its current lineup of 30-plus original shows.
PBS is talking with at least three entities interested in saving public television programming service in the far southern Rio Grande Valley of Texas after KMBH Harlingen is sold to a commercial buyer.
NEW YORK — Three weeks after losing much of his left arm, science correspondent Miles O’Brien appeared on the “PBS NewsHour” to declare “I’ll be OK” and to announce he had tied his necktie Friday morning. “It’s good to be here,” he told “NewsHour” co-host Judy Woodruff. “It’s good to be anywhere. It’s good to […]
Ira Rubenstein, a two-decade entertainment industry vet who has worked at Sony, 20th Century Fox and Marvel Entertainment, is joining PBS On March 24 as general manager of digital.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — PBS science correspondent Miles O’Brien says his left arm was amputated above the elbow after an apparently minor injury turned serious. In a blog post posted Tuesday and verified by PBS, O’Brien recounts the Feb. 12 injury that occurred while he was on assignment in Asia and how it progressed to […]
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Benedict Cumberbatch is a star used to working with other stars, but even he was impressed by the cast of a new project. The British actor of “Sherlock” and “Star Trek” fame appears with a pair of “Sesame Street” Muppets in a video posted Tuesday on PBS’ YouTube channel. With the […]
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — PBS will commemorate Black History Month with shows including a profile of “The Color Purple” author Alice Walker. The public television service announced Tuesday that the program about Walker will air Feb. 7 as part of the “American Masters” series. Other PBS shows marking Black History Month in February include “American […]
The return of Downton Abbey, which began its fourth season on Jan. 5, is becoming a post-holiday tradition for the show’s fans, said Paula Kerger, PBS president. The British series began presenting new episodes in late September back home, but PBS holds it back.
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) – PBS documentary maker Ken Burns is examining the roots of country music and how it has changed through the present day for a multi-episode series on public broadcasting. Country fans have a wait ahead of them, though. PBS said Monday that Burns’ country music project isn’t set to air until 2018. […]
PBS has named Mario Vecchi chief technology officer, calling the former AOL executive “a world-class technologist.” Vecchi replaces John McCoskey who left in September for the Motion Picture Association of America.
Apple has been busy adding channels to its set-top box for the past several months, including HBO GO, WatchESPN, SkyNews and a few Disney-branded channels. PBS is the first Apple TV app to make its way from over-the-air broadcasting, but there’s still no sign of ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tavis Smiley, who has brought rare diversity to late-night TV for a decade on PBS, will add another two years to his run. The “Tavis Smiley” show has been renewed through 2015, PBS said Thursday. “The highlight for me is surviving,” Smiley said, noting the growing competitiveness in the late-night talk […]