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