Stephen McKenney Steck, Pioneer Of Orlando Public Broadcasting, Dies At 77

WHUT Washington Taps Howard Alumnus As GM

Sean Plater, who already leads the HBCU’s FM station and has led the school’s NextGen TV broadcast collaborative over the past year, will now oversee its public broadcasting TV outlet.

Magura Named CEO Of Nashville Public TV

Becky Magura was hired as president and CEO of Nashville Public Television. She succeeds Kevin Crane, who resigned last year. Her first day leading the station is Sept. 8. Magura is currently CEO of WCTE Cookeville, Tenn., a role she has held since 2006.

Reporter Joanna Hernandez Joins WTTW’s ‘Chicago Tonight’

Phil Maravilla Named Senior Producer Of ‘PBS NewsHour’ West

WQLN Enhances Operations With NVerzion Video Servers

PBS member station WQLN Erie, Pa., has upgraded its broadcast facility with two additional NVerzion NFinity Video Servers for content recording and playback. The station’s four playout channels are dedicated to their four existing broadcast channels, while the record ports are being utilized for satellite feeds from incoming programming networks, along with PBS Six content […]

WNED Buffalo Head Don Boswell Retiring After 23 Years

When Donald K. Boswell took over leadership of Western New York Public Broadcasting in 1998, he told a member of the search committee that hired him he expected to be here five years. Now, after 23 years, Boswell is finally leaving the job.

‘PBS NewsHour’ Promotes Amna Nawaz To Chief Correspondent

GBH Powers Media Workflows With EditShare Cloud Solutions

Boston-based public media producer GBH, the largest content creator for PBS, has invested in EditShare’s EFSv cloud solution, hosted in Amazon Web Services, to modernize media workflows across its post-production operations. An early adopter of cloud technologies for its broader IT needs, GBH’s move to EFSv extends video production into the cloud, maximizing operational efficiencies and […]

WQPT On Air With A Comark 27.5kW Parallax UHF Transmitter

Hitachi Kokusai Electric Comark, a manufacturer and supplier of DTV transmitters, encoding systems and associated field services for over 45 years, has announced that WQPT is now broadcasting with a new Comark 27.5kW Parallax UHF transmitter. WQPT, whose license is held by Western Illinois University, is a PBS member station serving the Quad Cities area […]

New FCC Rules Spare Pubcasters From Foreign Sponsorship Disclosures

Public broadcasters are welcoming the FCC’s decision to rein in new rules governing foreign sponsorship of radio and TV broadcasts, which system leaders feared could be too burdensome for producers and stations. In a Report and Order released April 22, the FCC specified that its requirements for identifying program sponsorship by foreign governments will apply only to broadcasters that lease airtime to governmental entities. That largely excludes public broadcasters.

Bob Abernethy, Longtime Host of PBS Show On Religion, Dies At 93

‘Sanditon’ Renewed For Seasons 2 & 3 At PBS, Reversing Cancellation

Following a fan outcry over its untimely cancellation, Sanditon has been renewed for Seasons 2 and 3, PBS announced. The eight-part ITV series — based on Jane Austen’s final, unfinished novel — made its stateside debut on PBS in early 2020.

First American Journalism Project Grants To Pubmedia Awarded

WUCF Highlights More Local Heroes On Superhero Day

Brendan Daly Named CPB Communications VP

The former chief communications officer for the Recording Industry Association of America and Nancy Pelosi, moves to public broadcasting.

‘Steven Raichlen’s Project Fire’ Returns For Season 3 On Public Television

Popular public television series Steven Raichlen’s Project Fire is back this spring with 13 new episodes just in time for the summer grilling season. Steven Raichlen’s Project Fire comes from the same production team that brought viewers Steven Raichlen’s Project Smoke and Primal Grill. The series is a co-production of Maryland Public Television, Barbacoa Inc. and Resolution Pictures. Steven Raichlen returns to […]

CPB Sets Plan For Rescue Plan Act Funds

The distribution plan reflects the consensus recommendation of an advisory group of public radio and television system representatives convened by CPB in March. The group developed a simple, equitable and impactful funding formula that divides the $175 million among television and radio grantees and ensures the preservation of small or rural stations.

Former Orioles Announcer Jim Hunter Joins Maryland Public Television

Sports announcer Jim Hunter, most recently with the Baltimore Orioles of Major League Baseball, has joined the talent lineup at Maryland Public Television (MPT). In his new role, he will serve as a host of local pledge productions, provide narration and voice-over services, and will be featured as part of the MPT team representing the statewide public TV […]

Adrienne Fairwell Named GM Of KAET Phoenix

Adrienne Fairwell today was appointed general manager of Arizona PBS, KAET Phoenix. The appointment is effective April 19. Fairwell comes from South Carolina Educational TV and Public Radio, where she has served as assistant general manager and vice president of marketing and community development during the past three years.

PBS North Carolina Launches NextGen TV

The public media network’s WUNC joins other broadcasters in airing ATSC 3.0 broadcasts in Raleigh-Durham.

Alfred R. Berkeley III Joins MPT Foundation Board Of Directors

The MPT Foundation has appointed Alfred R. Berkeley III to its volunteer board of directors. The MPT Foundation is the 501(c) (3) fundraising affiliate of Maryland Public Television. It comprises approximately two dozen members drawn from Maryland business, civic and cultural communities to assist MPT in securing private contributions and foundation grants. Berkeley is chairman […]

‘PBS NewsHour’ Is Expanding Its Coverage Capacity

PBS NewsHour is announcing today that will soon be hiring six new journalists in U.S. cities often given little attention in national news coverage. It’s doing this through the launch of The Communities Initiative, a project to expand the scope and reach of its journalism and news team.

Streaming Helps Boost PBS Budget

PBS earned $27.2 million in net income for the first half of the fiscal year that ends in June, a figure that vastly exceeds what it had budgeted. PBS budgeted for $200,000 in net income by the end of December but earned $27 million more resulting from a pair of one-time gains, an increase in streaming and lower operating costs due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Downing Named Solo President Of PBS Distribution

Andrea Downing has been named president of PBS Distribution (PBSd), the for-profit outlet for public media content. Downing will head up strategic, financial and operations for the distributor, which offers more than 4,000 hours of content. She had been co-president with David Bernstein.

Roger Mudd, Longtime Network Newsman, Dies

During more than 30 years on network television, starting with CBS in 1961, Mudd covered Congress, elections and political conventions and was a frequent anchor and contributor to various specials. He also worked for NBC and did stints on PBS’s MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour and the History Channel. He was 93.

PBS NewsHour Names Talesha Reynolds Senior Content/Special Projects Producer

Senate OKs COVID Emergency Funds For Public Media

The $1.9 billion American Rescue Plan COVID-19 relief bill that passed the Senate Saturday night (March 6) also had some rescue funding for public broadcasting. The bill included $175 million in emergency assistance to public TV and radio stations.

PBS’s ‘Frontline’ To Stream Philippines Press Freedom Film

TVN’S MEDIA JOBS

Sales Manager And President-CEO Openings

New jobs posted to TVNewsCheck’s Media Job Center include openings for general sales manager for Nexstar and a president-CEO for Lakeland PBS in Minnesota.

America’s Public Television Stations Elect New Board Officers, Trustees

America’s Public Television Stations (APTS) has chosen new board leaders and board members. The newly-elected officers and trustees will begin their terms on Monday, Feb. 22. Andrew Russell, president and CEO of PBS SoCal and KCET in Los Angeles, has been elected chair; Susi Elkins, director of broadcasting and general manager of WKAR Public Media […]

WTTW News Chief Under Scrutiny Over Posts

Hugo Balta, news director of WTTW Chicago (PBS) and executive producer of the nightly newscast Chicago Tonight, has been sidelined by his bosses for apparently sharing too much on social media.

Newsroom Collaboration Brings Unique Approach To Local Journalism

A Milwaukee PBS collaboration supported by Frontline combined the strengths of broadcast and print journalism to produce a two-episode documentary about Wisconsin’s changing rural economy.

MPT Ups Travys Montague To Chief Engineer

He is responsible for a team of four, managing all of six of the Maryland Public Television broadcast facilities and transmission tower sites across the state.

Public TV’s Early Adopters Prepare To Put ATSC 3.0 Plans Into Action

Proponents remain bullish about the technology’s prospects but see plenty of challenges in the year ahead for public broadcasters.

‘Independent Lens’ Partners With PBS For Documentaries On Civics, Justice System

PBS Lawyer Resigns After Being Caught In Veritas Sting

NEW YORK (AP) — A lawyer for PBS resigned Tuesday after being caught describing President Donald Trump as “close to Hitler” in a right-wing sting operation. Michael Beller, a contracts lawyer in PBS’ general counsel office, was recorded offering political opinions in what appeared to be a barroom conversation with a woman. It was released […]

Parents Thrilled To See ‘Little Brat’ PBS Kids Show ‘Caillou’ Canceled

Jonathan Capehart To Join ‘PBS NewsHour’

Noncom TVs Back NextGen Multicast Flexibility

Public broadcasters are backing their commercial counterparts’ request that the FCC “clarify” or establish flexibility when it comes to multicast channels, both in ATSC 1.0 and using the new ATSC 3.0 broadcast transmission standard (branded NextGen TV).