Long before Big Bird, Barney or Mystery!, the Cincinnati PBS station debuted on airwaves 60 years ago with a children’s show called Tel-A-Story. That broadcast from a studio in Music Hall on July 26, 1954, could be seen on only 500 TVs able to get UHF channels 14-83.
A law restricting advertising on public television will remain in place after the Supreme Court refused to review a case in which KMTP San Francisco challenged its FCC fine for airing messages from a bevy of commercial sponsors.
Longtime Public Broadcasting Service executive Andrew Russell is joining PBS SoCal as chief operating officer as the public television station ramps up its operations to better serve Southern California.
Charlotte, N.C.’s struggling public television station says it could go out of business as early as this summer if a plan to turn it over to Central Piedmont Community College fails.