BBC World News America Will Soon Be Available On PBS Stations Nationwide

APTS, CPB, PBS ‘Disappointed’ In FCC Denial

The public TV groups say the commission’s denial of their request for changes in the incentive auction process “create the very real possibility of a number of communities across America losing public television service following next year’s broadcast spectrum incentive auction.”

‘Sesame Street’ Marks 45th Birthday

That Sesame Street still exists at all says a lot. In 1973, it was one of two TV shows for preschoolers. Now it’s competing with 84 kids’ shows on TV and countless others online. Yet Sesame Street still holds its own, ranking 20th among kids ages 2 to 5 with 850,000 viewers per TV episode, according to Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization behind the show.

Michael Jones Steps Aside As PBS COO

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.

Pubcasting Chiefs Worry Over Auction Rules

The heads of the Association of Public Television Stations, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the Public Broadcasting Service say that the FCC’s plans for the upcoming spectrum auction could result in some communities losing public television service. They call that “a grievous error that risks breaking faith with the nation’s commitment to universal service for non-commercial educational television.”

PBS Won’t Move ‘Downton’ Closer To UK Run

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.

Ken Burns Making PBS Doc On Country Music

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 ’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.

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. […]

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.”

Arts Endowment Trims Support For PBS Shows

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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.

PBS Plans A British Digital Channel

Kerger: PBS Eliminating 21 Positions

PBS is eliminating 13 current staff positions and eight vacancies, PBS President Paula Kerger said in a letter to the system Wednesday.

Puerto Rican Station Drops PBS Shows

Puerto Rico’s government-controlled WIPR dropped its PBS membership on July 1 — the fourth member station to quit this year. Puerto Rico TV, which produces and broadcasts mostly in Spanish, carried only the English versions of PBS Kids programs. Pedro Rua, WIPR’s EVP, said WIPR and PBS negotiated for about a year but could not reach an agreement that would retain the station as a member.

PBS Stations Consider Opting Out Over Dues

In Chicago, Orlando and Los Angeles, markets with more than one PBS station, the cost of programming may be unreasonable as pledge contributions dwindle and some PBS stations are questioning whether they can continue to find a way to make the PBS business model work.

Moyers Ends Effort To Bring Series To PBS

Kerger: Viewers Helped Save PBS Funding

Despite efforts to strip government funding for public broadcasting, PBS chief Paula Kerger said the federal budget deal retains most of the money that President Obama had set aside for public television and radio stations. The response of viewers was key, she said.

In Tight Times, PBS Leans On Pledge Drives

Since 2005, the average amount of time PBS member stations devote to on-air pledge drives has increased by 9%, with some stations running the special shows for 10 weeks a year.