PBS Announces New Lineup To Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

All-Digital Public TV Station For Southwest Virginia To Launch Next Year

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.

Off-Air Content Staff At ‘PBS NewsHour’ Unionizes With SAG-AFTRA

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.

‘Frontline’ EP Raney Aronson-Rath Adds Editor-in-Chief To Title

PBS Sets Programming Lineup For 2023, Including Documentaries On Anthony Fauci, Roberta Flack

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.

Maryland Public Television Provides Free Audio Of Public Affairs Programs To Radio Stations

Talking TV: Documentary Advice From PBS’s ‘POV’

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.

Mark Shields, Genial TV Political Commentator, Dies

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 TV Stations Adapt Strategies For Supporting Out-Of-School Learning

Some PBS Affiliates Shift Airing Of Hearings

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.

CPB Names Cheraine Stanford VP, TV Content Strategy

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 […]

WHYY Philadelphia Names Sarah Glover News VP

Signal Infrastructure Group Assists KQED With Transmitter Upgrade

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 […]

‘PBS NewsHour’ Sets Succession Plan For Judy Woodruff

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 Named CEO Of KLRU Austin

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.

David Crabtree Named Interim Leader Of PBS North Carolina

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.

Legendary ‘MotorWeek’ TV Mechanic Pat Goss Dies At 80

Jack Willis, TV Producer And Empathetic Filmmaker, Dies At 87

New Zealand To Merge Public TV And Radio As Audiences Shift

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 […]

APTS Public Media Summit Tackles NextGen TV

Marc Brown On The End Of ‘Arthur’ And His Favorite Fan Theories

DirecTV Stream Finishes National Deployment Of PBS Stations

DirecTV says the rollout of nearly 250 PBS member stations was completed nine months ahead of schedule.

WLRN Miami To Be Managed By Station’s Fundraising Arm

PBS North Carolina CEO Lindsay Bierman Stepping Down

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 […]

Pubcasters Ask FCC For More Flexibility In NextGen TV Deployments

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).

Bill In Legislature Seeks To Put Iowa PBS Content In Public Domain

Senate Confirms Three CPB Board Appointments

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 Names 3 Regional Digital Centers of Innovation

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 Announces Diversity Initiatives; Will Launch On TikTok

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.

The Biden Sit-Down That Split PBS

‘All Creatures Great And Small’ Renewed For Seasons 3 And 4 On PBS

Larry Irving Elected Chair Of PBS Board

Beth Courtney, Louisiana Public Broadcasting CEO, To Retire

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.

PBS NewsHour’s Lisa Desjardins Honored By RTCA For Her On-Site Reporting During Jan. 6 Insurrection

DirecTV Stream To Add Local PBS Stations

Nicole Ellis Joins ‘PBS NewsHour’ As First Digital Anchor

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.

Panel Backs Plan For New Building For Arizona Public Media

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 […]

Stacey Decker Named CPB SVP Innovation And System Strategies

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 […]

Twin Cities Public Television Gets $9M Donation

Son Of Mr. Rogers’ Mailman Brings His Real Route To Screen

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 […]