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Small Town Oil Boom Documentary Airs On PBS Tonight

‘Sesame Street’ To Introduce First Homeless Muppet

Noncoms Pitch Big Role In Repack Education

Noncommercial TV stations want the FCC to let them spend the money on a post-incentive auction repack campaign funded by Congress in the Ray Baum’s FCC reauthorization act. That would include coordinating the campaign for both noncommercial and commercial stations.

DMA 3: CHICAGO

WTTW Hires Community Engagement Officer

WNET’s All Arts Net May Become Multicast Ch.

WNET’s ambitious All Arts multicast channel and streaming service could develop into a package of cultural content available to stations nationwide. Some content, including an original show, is now available online. The complete network will launch Jan. 28.

DMA 50: NEW ORLEANS

WYES To Host Forum On Louisiana Teacher Shortage

At Bob Ross Inc., Everything Is ‘Happy’

Big Bird, Caroll Spinney, Leaves ‘Sesame Street’

DMA 110: LANSING, MI

Michigan State’s WKAR Adds Comark 3.0 Solution

PBS member station WKAR Lansing, Mich., is on-the-air with a fully integrated ATSC 3.0 solution from Hitachi Kokusai Electric Comark. In late 2017, WKAR ordered a 20kW Parallax UHF transmitter system on channel D33 to replace its existing and aging DTV transmitter.  WKAR’s Parallax transmitter was configured as a main-standby in 1+1 redundancy.  The transmitter […]

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Painting Sets ‘Antiques Roadshow’ Record

Public TV Pioneer Rick Breitenfeld Dies At 87

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On PBS, The Truth About Illegal Election Funding

APT Names Halford VP Exchange Content, Digital

American Public Television (APT) has chosen Shawn Halford, a public television veteran who has held key national content positions at PBS and Discovery Communications, to be vice president of exchange content and digital services starting in October. Halford succeeds Chris Funkhouser, who is retiring after 40 years in public media. Currently PBS’s senior director for […]

After 25 Years, Curtain Closes On ‘Theater Talk’

DMA 14: DETROIT

Detroit Public TV Relaunching Public Affairs Show

Tavis Smiley Stumbling In Suit Against PBS

The ousted anchor can’t force PBS to hand over internal documents dating back decades and two of his claims have been dismissed.

Q&A WITH MARC HAND

3.0 To Enable New Services For Public TV

Marc Hand, the CEO and co-founder of the Public Media Co., discusses WKAR Lansing, Mich.’s inaugural 3.0 rollout for public TV and next-gen TV’s broader impact.

DMA 24: PITTSBURGH

WQED Celebrates 25 Years Of ‘QED Cooks’

BBC, Fox News, PBS TV’s Most-Trusted Brands

The BBC, Fox News and PBS are the most-trusted TV news brands in the U.S., according to Research Intelligencer by Brand Keys, which surveyed 4,012 viewers who rated broadcast and cable brands that they watch more than three times per week “to determine how much trust those brands engendered.”

PBS To Celebrate Betty White’s Career

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Betty White sees no point in slowing down at age 96, as long as her phone keeps ringing with offers to work. The actress known for her roles in “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and “The Golden Girls” is marking her 80th year in show business with a PBS special […]

Why ‘PBS NewsHour’ Won’t Say Trump Lies

PBS Names Perry Simon Programming Chief

PBS has named Perry Simon has been named chief programming executive and general manager, general audience programming. In his new role, Simon will oversee all non-children’s programming for the public broadcaster. Simon was general manager of BBC America from 2010 to 2015.

Vigor, Telestream Partner On PTV File Delivery

Vigor Systems, a provider of TV content distribution and media solutions, and Telestream, a provider of video transcoding and workflow automation solutions, have partnered to deliver a technology solution that will enable the public television community to move file delivery and media processing to the cloud. Ultimately, this will allow the public television system to migrate […]

PMC, Triveni Developing 3.0 Solutions For PTV

Public Media Co. (PMC) today said it plans to pursue a strategic partnership with Triveni Digital, a broadcast technology equipment and consulting firm, to assist the Public Media Venture Group in developing a suite of services to expand the capacity of public television stations to better serve communities using the capabilities of Next Gen TV […]

Joint Master Control Helps PTV Prep For 3.0

As public TV engineering leaders navigate their stations through the post-auction channel restructuring and the looming transition to ATSC 3.0, they’ll be re-evaluating the future of their master control facilities.

Meredith Vieira Returns With New PBS Series

Chalmers Marquis, Public TV Pioneer, Dies At 91

DMA 31: SAN ANTONIO, TX

Noncom KLRN Launching ‘Neutral’ Local News

PBS Details Smiley’s Alleged Sex Misconduct

The host, whose contract was suspended and has since been terminated, is suing the public broadcaster for dropping him. PBS has issued a response to his lawsuit — and it details witness accounts about the talk show host’s alleged sexual harassment and dalliances with subordinates.

‘NewsHour’ Correspondent Betty Ann Bowser Dies

Woodruff Now Solo Anchor of ‘PBS NewsHour’

Eighteen months after the death of PBS NewsHour co-anchor Gwen Ifill, today the show named Managing Editor Judy Woodruff sole anchor of the nightly broadcast.

Michael Getler, Former PBS Ombudsman, Dies

DMA 86

Repack Cost Kills Noncom KNCT Killeen, TX

The Central Texas College Board Of Trustees voted to pull the plug on KNCT Killeen, Texas, the region’s only PBS station. KNCT GM Max Rudolph said the station was faced with a significant amount of expense to move the station from ch. 46 to ch. 17, which would cost about $4.4 million.

CPB To Require Anti-Harassment Training For Stations To Get Funding

The Survival Of Public Broadcasting’s Legacy Has Long Been Part Of Its Mission

PBS Slots Conservative Political Talk Show

In Principle, with columnist Michael Gerson and commentator Amy Holmes, will air Friday nights starting April 13. PBS will decide after an eight-week run whether to continue.

PBS Stations Remain Cautiously Optimistic About Federal Funding

DMA 8: SAN FRANCISCO

KMTP Pursues Channel-Share To Stay On Air

Congressman Dent To Receive Champion Of Public Broadcasting Award

America’s Public Television Stations (APTS) will present the Champion of Public Broadcasting Award to Rep. Charles W. Dent (R-Pa.) during its Public Media Summit today, Monday, Feb. 26, at 2:20 p.m. at the Fairmont Hotel in Washington. The Champion of Public Broadcasting Award is given to political leaders and other individuals who safeguard the ability of local public television […]

Tavis Smiley Sues PBS For Dropping Him

Smiley claims PBS used a sexual misconduct investigation as a pretext to get rid of him, but the network says the decision to suspend his show was justified.