Romney Likes Big Bird, But Not That Much

The Republican presidential candidate reiterates his desire to eliminate funding for the Public Broadcasting Service if he wins the election in November. He also says that some business regulations are essential. “You can’t have a free market work if you don’t have regulation,” he said.

PBS Member Stations Elect Six To Board

Ralph Lauren to Sponsor PBS’s ‘Masterpiece’

LOS ANGELES (AP) — PBS’ “Masterpiece” drama showcase is getting a fashionable new supporter. The public TV program said Monday that the Ralph Lauren Corp. will become a national sponsor, marking the company’s first TV sponsorship. “Masterpiece” executive producer Rebecca Eaton called Lauren’s support a tribute to the program, home of the hit British period […]

‘Mister Rogers’ Spin-Off Debuts On PBS

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, an animated show built around the fictional young offspring of Rogers’s original puppet characters, including Daniel Striped Tiger, is aimed at a narrow demographic, 2-to-4-year-olds. It starts today and will air twice daily on most PBS stations.

PBS CEO Decries Romney Funding Plans

Paula Derger: “Elimination of funding would have almost no impact on the nation’s debt. Yet the loss to the American public would be devastating.”

Romney Says He’d Eliminate PBS Funding

The Republican presidential candidate says: “There are programs I would eliminate … the Amtrak subsidy, the PBS subsidy, the subsidy for the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities. Some of these things, like those endowment efforts and PBS I very much appreciate and like what they do in many cases, but I just think they have to strand on their own rather than receiving money borrowed from other countries, as our government does on their behalf.”

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CBS Grabs Brand Of The Year Among Nets

CBS has taken a top brand ranking among broadcast networks, according to a new poll. Perhaps helped by Downton Abbey, PBS topped ABC and NBC to finish second for “brand of the year.”

‘Masterpiece’ To Air Jeremy Piven’s ‘Mr. Selfridge’

Viking Cruises Inks New ‘Masterpiece’ Deal On PBS

PBS Defends Rapid Firing Of Fred Willard

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — PBS President Paula Kerger said Saturday the decision to remove Fred Willard as narrator of the new public TV series “Market Warriors” had to be made quickly. Willard’s lewd conduct arrest last week prompted concern that the “unfortunate circumstances” would distract from the show that debuted last week, Kerger said. […]

‘Frontline’ Ups Aronson To Deputy Exec. Producer

PBS Slots Burns’ Roosevelt Documentary For 2014

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) – PBS says a Ken Burns documentary on the Roosevelt family is in the works for 2014. “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History” is a seven-part documentary that runs 14 hours long. It will focus on three members of the political family: President Franklin D. Roosevelt and his wife, Eleanor, and President […]

PBS Chief Decries Moves To Cut Funding

Paula Kerger said Saturday that a loss of federal dollars “would eliminate public broadcasting in areas I know it’s tremendously used.”

Fred Willard Fired From PBS Show

The public television station that produces a show narrated by Fred Willard says it is ending the actor’s work on the series after his arrest on suspicion of a lewd act. Jeanne Hopkins is the spokeswoman for WGBH, the Boston public TV station that produces “Market Warriors.” Hopkins says the station is removing Willard’s narration […]

Sencore And PBS Extend Partnership

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John Goberman Leaving ‘Lincoln Center’

When you think of the very latest in motion-image technology, you might think of laser projection, glasses-free stereoscopic-3D, digital surround sound, high-dynamic-range imaging, and the like. Would you believe that one man dealt with all of that in the 1970s? And that he was trained as an orchestra cello player?

PBS, USA Today Best Users Of Pinterest

Several websites  have published articles recently about how journalists are using Pinterest. But none of these offers data-based analyses that measure whether newsrooms are using Pinterest to engage effectively with readers.

Noncom GMs Hope To Boost Web Output

Three dozen general managers have coalesced around a proposal by PBS Interactive chief Jason Seiken to jumpstart low-cost local video production at public TV stations.

PBS Plans A Summer Full Of New Shows

Summer isn’t just cable’s season anymore. Broadcast networks also are stepping up, offering a mix of reality shows with a few scripted series. And PBS is making strides, too.

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PBS Fall Schedule Offers UK Hits, US History

Call the Midwife, a six-part series set in 1950s London that was a hit in Britain, will kick off PBS’ new season at 8 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 30, it was announced Tuesday. There’s plenty of Americana as well on public television’s fall schedule, including general election coverage and documentaries on two devastating chapters of U.S. history.

From Public TV, A New Site For 50-Somethings

PBS Will Move 2 Film Series To Monday Night

PBS Plans Latino Americans Documentary Series

NEW YORK (AP) — PBS said Wednesday it is preparing a six-hour documentary series on the history of Latinos in the United States, set to air in the fall of 2013. English and Spanish-language versions are being produced for the project, which will air across three days. The supervising producer is Adriana Bosch, a Cuban-American […]

Arts Endowment Trims Support For PBS Shows

Martha Stewart Gets Cooking Show On PBS

Martha Stewart, TV host, author and founder of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, will give American home cooks a culinary master class on a new weekly PBS television show debuting this fall. Martha Stewart’s Cooking School, a teaching series inspired by her eponymous best-selling book, will be presented in association with PBS station WETA Washington, and will air […]

PBS’s ‘Masterpiece’ Gets $1 Million Gift From Donor

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Even the landed gentry of “Downton Abbey” would be impressed: A philanthropist is giving $1 million to PBS’ “Masterpiece,” U.S. home of the British upstairs-downstairs drama series. The gift is the largest yet for the Masterpiece Trust, a fund-raising initiative started last year, PBS said Wednesday. The donor is Darlene Shiley […]

PBS Agrees to Revisit Documentary Sked

Under intense public pressure from independent documentary filmmakers, including a Twitter campaign, PBS on Thursday agreed to find a new home next season for the award-winning film series Independent Lens and POV.

Diller-Backed Aereo Countersues Fox, PBS

The online television service has filed a second countersuit against major broadcasters that want to stop it from retransmitting their programming. The new suit is against News Corp.’s Fox, the Public Broadcasting Service, Univision Communications and New York’s WPIX and WNET.

‘Downton Abbey’ Finale Draws 5.4 Million Viewers

PBS Trivia Graphic Feeds ‘Downton’ Addiction

LOS ANGELES (AP) — PBS is feeding the addiction of “Downton Abbey” fans with an online trivia graphic. Among the tidbits: Jim Carter, who plays dignified butler Carson, takes part in charity bike rides worldwide, and Elizabeth McGovern, who is the show’s Lady Cora, is in a band called Sadie & the Hotheads. The PBS […]

How Social Media Helped Make ‘Downton’ A Hit

‘Downton Abbey’ Brings Cool TV Crowd To PBS

PBS Under Fire For ‘Downton’ Jewelry

Hint Of Budget Strife Between PBS, WGBH?

PBS’s ongoing negotiations to curb per-hour costs of producing programs and to assert more control over content are increasing friction with its largest producer, Boston’s powerhouse WGBH, according to sources at other stations with knowledge of the situation.

‘Downton Abbey’ Delivers Big Audience For PBS

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‘Sherlock’ Star Defends TV Show’s Nude Scene

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Benedict Cumberbatch is shrugging off British newspaper criticism of his female co-star’s nude scene in TV’s latest season of “Sherlock.” It may be an effort to sell papers, he said, but it also helps the drama about a modern-day Holmes that will air its second season in the United States this […]

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PBS To Produce Antiques Dealer Reality Show

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — PBS is giving the genteel “Antiques Roadshow” a fierce partner with “Market Wars,” an antiques-hunt reality competition show. PBS announced Wednesday that the 20-episode series from the producers of “Antiques Roadshow” will send professional antiques dealers in a nationwide hunt for the best vintage bargain. The dealer whose item snares the […]

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PBS Chief Asks Viewers To Support Funding

PBS President Paula Kerger said Wednesday that she recognizes the United States has to make tough budget decisions but defended PBS as an effective public-private partnership. She said viewers should oppose Mitt Romney’s call to end funding of the noncommercial programmer.

PBS Takes On The Premium Channels

The success of the British drama Downton Abbey prompted the organization to change its programming and marketing tactics, and aim at viewers more attuned to HBO and Showtime.

Sherlock Holmes, Clinton, Gates On PBS

A two-part examination of Bill Clinton’s presidency, a look at some celebrity family trees by Louis Gates and a series on American infrastructure hosted by a former “Survivor” contestant are all part of PBS’s new spring schedule.