‘Downton Abbey’ To Return For A 5th Season

The celebrated British costume drama focusing on the elite Crawley family will air its fourth season on Masterpiece beginning Jan. 5 and the hit show’s executive producer, Rebecca Eaton, says Downton fans can “rest easy knowing that a fifth season is on the way.”

Bill Moyers Ending ‘Moyers & Company’ In January

PBS Station Services Chief To Exit This Week

Cumberbatch’s ‘Sherlock’ Returns In Jan.

Season three of the modern Sherlock Holmes mystery series will began Jan. 19, PBS said today. It was previously announced that the fourth season of Downton Abbey will begin Jan 5. The scheduling reflects PBS’ new strategy of pairing dramas on Sunday, part of a broader effort to build “flow within a given night in our schedule,” said Beth Hoppe, PBS’s chief programming executive.

PBS Traces Five Centuries Of Black History

The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross is a new PBS documentary series that traces 500 years of black history. The series starts with what host Henry Louis Gates Jr. deems a downright scoop. It turns out the very first African to come to North America was a free man accompanying Spanish explorers who arrived in Florida in 1513.

Carol Burnett Looks Back On Her Career

Julie Andrews, Tony Bennett, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler paid tribute as the comedienne received the nation’s top humor award — the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor — on Sunday.

PBS Connects To New Emergency System

After public safety agencies transmit wireless emergency alert (WEA) messages to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the PBS WARN system automatically reformats the messages for transmission to local stations through the public TV interconnection system. The networking technology establishes a redundant, over-the-air path for the WEAs to reach commercial mobile service providers (CMSPs) and their individual clients.

PBS’s Top Engineer Heading To MPAA

John McCoskey, who has been responsible for all technology strategy, development and operations at PBS member stations the past six year, has accepted a position as EVP, CTO of the Motion Picture Association of America. 

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Nonprofit Moves Into WGBH Newsroom

WGBH Boston is hoping a new partnership with nonprofit New England Center for Investigative Reporting can up the amount of hard news it reports. The nonprofit recently moved into the newsroom of the PBS station, and there’s a plan to hire one investigative reporter to work across radio, TV and all digital platforms.

NewsHour Weekend Adapts PBS Flagship

In the first two weeks of broadcasts, segments covered recent discoveries of natural gas deposits in Israel, to efforts of harvesting tidal energy off Maine’s coast. It also features local arts coverage produced by PBS member stations, spearheaded by WNET New York.

Saul Landau, Investigative Filmmaker, Dies At 77

PBS Extends ‘NewsHour’ To Weekends

‘Downton Abbey’ Enters Merchandise Fray

LONDON (AP) — Forget “Mad Men” modernism. This season’s style is all about “Downton Abbey’”s Edwardian opulence. Millions around the world have been seduced by the strait-laced but stylish world of the British historical drama. Soon they’ll be able to take some of that style home, getting lips as soft as Lady Mary’s, wine inspired […]

Charlie Rose Adding 4th TV Show To His Workload

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — As if Charlie Rose didn’t have enough jobs, he’s adding a fourth one. The 71-year-old talk show host will oversee “Charlie Rose The Week,” a 30-minute weekly program looking back at events in politics, business, sports, culture and the arts that will air on PBS. In addition to the new […]

PBS To Air BBC’s ‘Death Comes to Pemberley’

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PBS Sticking To Split US-UK ‘Downton Abbey’ Airing

PBS: Acting Like A Network And A Service

When Discovery, The Learning Channel, History, Bravo, A&E and similar networks emerged, there was a real fear it could lead to the death of PBS. Each specialized network would pick off a portion of PBS’ audience for programs on science, nature, history and the arts. Founded as an alternative to commercial TV, PBS was losing what made it unique. Yet in the past few years, these cable networks discovered that it was much more profitable to create reality TV stars. PBS’ path was cleared, and it is making the most of its new chance.

PBS Orders Second Season Of ‘Mr. Selfridge’

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PBS Revamps ‘History Detectives’

Indiana PBS Inching Toward Centralcasting

This summer, IPBS’s eight TV stations and nine NPR stations will connect over a single IP-based network to share, collaborate and distribute content. Once fully rolled out, Roger Rhodes, the group’s executive director, says the next step could be implementing a centralcasting model, similar to what PBS stations in New York and Florida are using.

‘Masterpiece’ To Co-Produce ITV Drama ‘Breathless’

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What Has Become Of PBS’s ‘NewsHour’?

With the word Tuesday that NewsHour was shutting down offices and laying off employees, it’s time to ask the question: Just how much of the this one-time PBS bedrock is actually left? In fact, let’s go a step further and ask if it is even accurate to call it a nightly newscast any more — and if what’s left is worth trying to save?

PBS Joins With Univision to Show ‘Frontline’ Film

Tavis Smiley Marks 10th Year On PBS

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tavis Smiley has stood out in 20 years in broadcasting, and he has no intention of changing his style or substance. He’s the rare black host with national TV and radio platforms, one who sees his job as challenging Americans to examine their assumptions on such thorny issues as poverty, education, […]

Charlie Rose To Host Primetime Show On PBS

The half-hour Charlie Rose Weekend will replace Need to Know on Friday evenings. It will cull the best of his latenight program and is scheduled to begin in July.

‘Downton Abbey’ Season 4 To Start On Jan. 5

PBS Sets Fall Lineup, No Early ‘Downton’

It’s official, Downton Abbey fans will have to wait until winter 2014 for their next Edwardian drama fix. PBS announced its fall lineup Thursday, with nary a mention of the Masterpiece megahit.

PBS Developing Latino Period Drama

PBS has ordered a pilot script from Dennis Leoni for a drama series Alta California as part of a new development deal. Leoni is the award-winning executive producer, scribe and helmer of Resurrection Blvd., the first and longest-running Latino dramatic seriesin the history of American television.

Public TV Urges FCC To Drop OET-69

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting, PBS and the Association of Public Television Stations are jointly opposing a proposal by the FCC’s Office of Engineering and Technology to use a new software program to analyze television coverage and interference data. The proposal was floated by the commission in February and intended to update the analytical tools the commission will use in preparing for the 2014 broadcast spectrum auctions.

PBS ’14 Budget Has $11M Content Hike

PBS’s year-to-date financial results show a net income of $22 million instead of the estimated $100,000 net loss anticipated in its fiscal year 2013 budget, the PBS board of directors heard at their meeting April 9 at headquarters in Arlington, Va.

PBS Cancels ‘Market Warriors’

4th Season Of BBC-PBS’s ‘Sherlock’ Confirmed

PBS Considering Weekend ‘NewsHour’

A decision on adding half-hour Saturday and Sunday editions of the popular news program is not expected before the end of the month.

‘Downton’ Finale Seen By 8.2 Million Viewers

Sunday’s audience surpassed even the audience for the third season premiere in January, when about 7.9 million viewers tuned in, a 20-year record for PBS.

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‘Downton Abbey’ Second Only To Super Bowl

In a counterprogramming coup, PBS’s costume drama averages 6.6 million viewers — a mere 102 million fewer than watched the game.

‘Downton Abbey’ Gets Early iTunes Showing

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) —Select “Downton Abbey” fans are in for an early viewing treat and bragging rights.Apple said Monday that people in North America who hold iTunes season passes will be able to see this season’s last three episodes of “Downton” before they air. The period drama’s second season was the best-selling TV series […]

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‘Downton Abbey’ Premiere Hits 7.9 Million

Rivaling broadcast outings, the British import starts its third season with a huge surge — double its previous season and quadruple the typical primetime showing for PBS.