Blue Ridge PBS in Roanoke, Va., plans to launch an all-digital television service for Southwestern Virginia, a rural, mountainous region that lacks access to local public TV signals. PBS Appalachia Virginia will be the first of its kind for public television, delivering the full PBS schedule and original local programming as a streaming service accessible through Wi-Fi and broadband connections. Above: PBS Appalachia Virginia staff will work from studios being built inside the Southwest Virginia Cultural Center, a tourist destination featuring artisan crafts and live music performance in Abingdon, Va.
The on-air staffers long have been represented by the union, but they now are joined by 69 reporters, producers, editors, production assistants and others who not only report and produce the show but also create NewsHour’s expanding digital footprint and one-hour primetime documentaries. NewsHour Productions, which produces the show, has officially recognized the bargaining unit, of which more than 70% of the program’s workers signed on to a petition to unionize.
PBS on Wednesday revealed its programming plans for the coming year, including a second season of Native America and the premiere of the American Masters documentary about Anthony Fauci.
TVNewsCheck’s Michael Depp talks with Erika Dilday, executive producer of PBS’s POV documentary series as the show enters its 35th season, looking at what makes potent documentaries work and how local TV stations can make successful forays into the space by drawing on their strong community ties. A full transcript of the conversation is included.
A onetime campaign manager, Shields became one of Washington’s most respected political commentators, both as a syndicated columnist and as a genial liberal counterpart to several conservative sparring partners on the PBS NewsHour. He was 85.
Public television built its reputation for news on the Watergate hearings. But on many PBS stations, the hearings are losing out to the likes of Daniel Tiger and Curious George, being consigned to second-class status, airing them only on secondary digital channels instead of their better-known and more widely accessible flagship channels.
The Corporation for Public Broadcasting has appointed Cheraine Stanford vice president, television content strategy, effective June 21. In this position, CPB said, “she will plan, lead and execute projects and strategic initiatives that advance a mission-focused pipeline of public media content for national distribution across a diverse range of broadcast and digital platforms.” “Cheraine is […]
Technology infrastructure company Signal Infrastructure Group (SIG) has been retained by Northern California Public Broadcasting’s KQED San Francisco to perform a turn-key project replacing its existing ch. 30 high-power transmitter at Sutro Tower in San Francisco with a new ATSC 3.0-ready model from GatesAir. SIG is handling all the designing, specifying, sourcing, managing, installing and […]
Judy Woodruff, the veteran news anchor who logged time at NBC News and CNN before taking up anchor duties at PBS’ venerable NewsHour, is expected to leave the desk in early 2023, according to two people familiar with the matter. She is expected to continue to lead the program through this year’s midterm elections. If plans follow through as anticipated, she will be succeeded by Amna Nawaz and Geoff Bennett, these people say — a major shift at a public-media institution that is a daily part of its viewers’ news routine.
Luis Patiño, a former president and GM at Univision Media Group, will lead KLRU (Austin PBS) as CEO. He succeeds Bill Stotesbery, CEO since 2004, who retired last year. COO Lori Bolding served as acting CEO during the transition.
The veteran WRAL Raleigh, N.C., journalist is tapped to succeed Lindsay Bierman, who stepped down this month to become executive director and CEO of the Exploratorium in San Francisco.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Noting the rapid changes taking place in how people consume news and entertainment, New Zealand’s government on Thursday said it would merge its public television and radio broadcasters into a single new organization it hopes will be better placed to reach younger audiences. The merger represents a major shakeup to […]
DirecTV says the rollout of nearly 250 PBS member stations was completed nine months ahead of schedule.
PBS North Carolina announces the departure of Chief Executive Officer Lindsay Bierman. After two and a half years leading the statewide public television network, Bierman will be joining the Exploratorium in San Francisco as its new executive director and CEO in April. In a communication to staff on Wednesday afternoon, Bierman shared the following regarding […]
Public TV broadcasters this week asked the FCC to give them more flexibility when it comes to offering their primary HD signal and multicast subchannels during broadcasters’ transition to NextGen TV (aka ATSC 3.0).
On Thursday, the full Senate approved three of President Joe Biden’s four nominees to serve on CPB’s board of directors: Laura Gore Ross, Elizabeth Sembler and Tom Rothman. Biden’s fourth nominee is Kathy Im, director of journalism and media for the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Her nomination remains on the Senate calendar, according to a CPB spokesperson.
PBS Digital Studios announced the three member stations selected as Regional Digital Centers of Innovation. Over the next two years, Houston Public Media (KUHT), Rocky Mountain PBS (RMPBS), and PBS North Carolina (PBS NC) will develop original digital series in partnership with PBS Digital Studios. Made possible by a $3 million grant from the Corporation […]
PBS today announced several new long-term initiatives to support diversity in public media. They include a commitment to create a pipeline of diverse documentary filmmakers and a pledge to include more diverse perspectives in key production roles. PBS also announced it will launch on the video-focused social media platform TikTok. PBS President-CEO Paula Kerger announced the initiatives Tuesday at the TCA Winter Press Tour.
Beth Courtney, president and CEO of Louisiana Public Broadcasting, will retire at the end of January. Courtney, who has worked in public broadcasting for more than 45 years, has led LPB since 1985.
In this role, she will serve as the dedicated lead anchor for the newscast’s digital video content, including anchoring pre-and post-shows and hosting breaking news live streams for PBS NewsHour.
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — An Arizona Board of Regents panel has endorsed plans to build a new home for Arizona Public Media, a Tucson-based public broadcasting outlet hosted by the University of Arizona. A regents committee on Thursday approved a motion to construct a facility in a mixed development located about 3.5 miles (6.7 kilometers) south […]
The Corporation for Public Broadcasting today named Stacey Decker senior vice president of innovation and system strategies, effective Sept. 13. In this new position, he will be responsible for the development and implementation of a multi-faceted strategy to advance innovation and sustainability of public media through accelerating public media’s digital transformation. “Stacey is a strategic […]
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Mister Rogers’ deliveryman’s son, who’s now a real-life mail carrier, briefly appeared this week on an episode of a children’s show based on one of Mister Rogers’ puppets. Alex Newell, 39, is the son of David Newell, who played Mr. McFeely on “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.” Alex Newell had a cameo on “Daniel […]