Patrick Butler, president-CEO of America’s Public Television Stations: “Public television is primarily a local service, performed by 170 community, university and state licensees throughout America, pursuing essential missions of education, public safety and civic leadership for everyone — everywhere, every day, free of charge. Without the federal investment, this universal service would be impossible. And the farther away from major cities public television goes, the more important federal funding becomes.”
President Donald Trump’s newly unveiled 2019 budget again proposes the elimination of funding for the three major entities that award federal funding for public broadcasting and the arts: the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Endowment for the Arts. (AP photo/Susan Walsh)
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Michael Keaton is narrating a 50th anniversary tribute to the late Fred Rogers and his beloved children’s program, “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.” “Mister Rogers: It’s You I Like” will air March 6 on PBS and includes celebrity admirers sharing their memories of the show that debuted Feb. 19, 1968. Judd Apatow, Whoopi […]
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Benedict Cumberbatch had a ready answer when asked when he might star in another “Sherlock” on PBS. “Goodbye,” he said, pleasantly, as he darted out of camera range during a satellite Q&A Wednesday. Cumberbatch was speaking to TV critics from London about a very different drama he stars in and produced, […]
PBS President Paula Kerger told journalists Tuesday at the annual TV critics’ winter press tour that the network has tightened its policies for preventing and reporting sexual harassment. In addition, PBS announced a five-part series starting Feb. 2 that will consider changes that need to be made in every American workplace. Meanwhile, Kerger said, PBS will take a long look at possible programs to fill the time slots previously held by Charlie Rose and Tavis Smiley. No deadline has been set for a decision, she said, but options include retaining Christiane Amanpour.
Following his firing from PBS after allegations of sexual relationships with subordinates, Tavis Smiley told ABC’s Good Morning America Monday that he’s never coerced anyone into a relationship but has had consensual relationships in the workplace. He added that PBS made a mistake. The public broadcaster shot back, “Tavis Smiley needs to get his story straight,” it said in a statement, which also promised more accusations: “Additional allegations are continuing to come to light since last week’s announcement.”
“PBS made a huge mistake,” Tavis Smiley told ABC’s Good Morning America today, in his first live interview since PBS suspended distribution of his interview program indefinitely, over sexual misconduct allegations. The Tavis Smiley Show has aired on PBS for 14 seasons.
PBS has suspended its longtime latenight talker Tavis Smiley after looking into allegations of sexual misconduct against its host. PBS said it had engaged an outside law firm to investigate “troubling allegations” against the host.
The FCC’s TV spectrum auction is producing unusual and unexpected gifts for a handful of fortunate noncommercial broadcasters in major markets.
The Ken Burns/Lynn Novick documentary premiere also garners more than 2 million streams across PBS Digital Platforms, making it the highest-streamed series premiere in PBS history.
Public broadcasters are sending equipment and engineers to the hurricane-ravaged island this week, while nonprofits and foundations are organizing to combat government corruption amid the disaster.