PBS Election Specials Explore Electorate Shift

PBS Says Sorry About That Fireworks Footage

The Public Broadcasting Service said Tuesday that it should have informed viewers that footage from previous years’ fireworks displays were used on its ostensibly live program the night before. On a cloudy, misty evening in Washington where it was hard to fully see the display, the Capital Concerts production company cut in with some fireworks from a clear night.

Amazon Prime In PBS Kids Programming Deal

Underscoring the increasing value of children’s programming to video streaming services, Amazon Prime has struck a multi-year deal to offer PBS Kids programming to its subscribers.

PBS Used Old Footage In Fireworks Coverage

Florida Stations Join To Study Health Care Costs

IL PTV Network Cuts Airtime To Save Money

State Audit Faults MD PTV Handling Of Donor Info

PBS Digital Pursues More Local Content

PBS Digital Studios is aiming to boost the number of member station videos on its channels over the next year, though it is coping with a slowly dwindling budget. PBSDS is searching for a way to support itself as it trains stations to create web-first content that builds important inroads to younger audiences.

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San Antonio PTV Pioneer Joanne Winik Dies

State Cuts Lead To Wyoming PBS Layoffs

Wyoming PBS has laid off two staffers after Gov. Matt Mead ordered cuts last month of 8% across all state agencies. That meant the broadcaster lost about $200,000 of its $3.4 million budget.

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WTTW Chicago Cited For ‘Serious’ Safety Violation

State Cuts Miss. Public Broadcasting Support

A reduction of almost $1 million in state funding is forcing Mississippi Public Broadcasting to find ways to absorb the loss. “We’re trying to take steps to minimize any disruptions we might have on content,” said Ronnie Agnew, MPB executive director. “This cuts us back to 2006 levels.”

How ‘Frontline’ Is Hooking A New Generation

Thanks to Facebook-first films, YouTube releases and audience engagement initiatives, 70% of Frontline’s web visitors are between 18 and 49. “We’re still a big PBS broadcast, we absolutely are, and we’re also a big streaming film series online,” says the show’s executive producer, Raney Aronson. “The moment it airs, it’s digital.”

PBS Interconnect Moves Ahead Amid Change

Amid delays, funding uncertainties and upheaval in the technological landscape surrounding the sixth generation of the PBS interconnection system, leaders at PBS and CPB say the project is on track to roll out its first phase by year’s end.

PBS’s Gwen Ifill Takes Health-Related Leave

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Crowdfunding Nets KTTZ $20K For Web Series

Panhandle PBS CEO Resigns Over Nepotism

Pubcasters Want Relief From FCC Board Data Rule

PBS Draft Budget Contains 1.5% Dues Increase

PBS Robinson Doc Reveals Complicated Life

The two-part film directed by Ken Burns, Sarah Burns and David McMahon airs Monday and Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET on most PBS stations. The first part details Robinson’s early life and his baseball career, when he became the first black player in Major League Baseball in 1947. The second part is more complex, showing Robinson navigating a civil rights era that he helped put in motion.

CPB Urges TV Stations To Consolidate

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Rocky Mountain PBS Restructures, Cuts Jobs

Rocky Mountain PBS is restructuring, eliminating eight staff positions and creating four in continuing efforts to improve production values and boost investigative reporting strength.

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WTTW In News Partnership With WBEZ-FM

Chicago’s two leading public broadcasters announced a news partnership Monday that could lead to joint reporting of stories and online collaborations. Via a newly installed robotic camera, reporters from Chicago Public Media’s WBEZ-FM will appear on Chicago Tonight, the nightly news program on PBS station WTTW. In turn, a new high-speed fiber line will allow WTTW hosts and correspondents to appear live on WBEZ news and talk shows.

Radio-TV Collaborations Expand Public Media Coverage

The ‘Radical’ Legacy Of Television’s Mister Rogers

Public TV’s Public Safety Spectrum Strategy

New PBS Series To Offer ‘Civil’ Debate Of Issues

LOS ANGELES (AP) — PBS says it’s launching a weekly series as a forum for what it called “spirited and civil” discussion of national issues. The series, “Point Taken,” will be hosted by journalist Carlos Watson, PBS said Thursday. Each half-hour episode will focus on a single topic, with guests including reporters, artists and experts […]

Public Media Journalist Peggy Girshman Dies

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How TV Shaped Paula Kerger’s American Dream

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KETC Pays Reduced Fines To CPB Over Errors

PBS Renews ‘Mercy Street’ For Season 2

‘Downton’ Finale Clocks Record 9.6M

Nearly 10 million people said so-long to Downton Abbey Sunday night. It is the most watched finale ever for PBS’s most popular series ever. The swan-song’s 9.6 million viewers in Live + Same Day viewing outstrips the previous, Season 5 finale of 8.4 million viewers, by 14%

Two New Hosts Named For ‘America’s Test Kitchen’

Study Reveals Diversity Among Public TV Viewers

Some PBS Viewers At Risk Of Losing Stations

The Wall Street Journal reports that local PBS stations could pull in hundreds of millions of dollars this year by selling their airwaves to the federal government in the FCC’s upcoming spectrum auction. Journal subscribers can read the full story here.

Mich. Stations A Step Ahead Of New PBS Kids Ch.

John Yang Joins ‘PBS NewsHour’

COMMENTARY BY TRINA CUTTER

The Real Threat To Stations Of Ransomware

Infiltration of a broadcast server could prompt a total shutdown. Trina Cutter, CEO of Western Reserve Public Media in Kent, Ohio, describes what her station went through when two of its servers were hacked and their data was encrypted.

APTS Rebrands: America’s Public Television Stations

The Association of Public Television Stations announced today it has a new name — America’s Public Television Stations — effective immediately. The organization’s membership voted on the name change today during the annual membership meeting at The APTS Public Media Summit. “America’s public television stations do America’s work in education, public safety and civic leadership […]

APTS Honors Malcolm Brett For Public Service

The Association of Public Television Stations (APTS) on Sunday presented the first-ever Pillar of Public Service Award to Malcolm Brett, director of broadcast and media innovations for Wisconsin Public Television. The Pillar of Public Service Award recognizes the contributions of an extraordinary leader in one of public television’s three pillars of public service: education, public […]