DMA 6: SAN FRANCISCO

Noncom KECB Buying Noncom KCSM

A Santa Rosa, Calif., PBS station, KRCB, is the winning bidder for the San Mateo County Community College District’s KCSM, offering $12 million for the noncommercial station. The $12 million is a far cry from the $114 million the college district could have received had its employees not botched the sale of the station’s spectrum in an FCC auction last November.

‘Frontline’ to Launch ‘The Frontline Dispatch’ Podcast

DMA 181: BOWLING GREEN, KY

WKYU Puts Suspended Students Behind Cameras

DMA 29: NASHVILLE

WCTE Orders New Comark Transmitter

PBS member station WCTE Nashville (DMA 29) has ordered a Comark Parallax transmitter from Hitachi Kokusai Electric Comark. The new DTV transmitter, which will be delivered in early September, will be equipped with eight broadband power amplifiers providing 13 kW transmitter power output (TPO) level. It will be delivered complete with dual Exact-V2 exciters (in […]

PBS’s Ken Burns And His American Canon

Even in a fractious era, the filmmaker still believes that his documentaries can bring every viewer in. “Documentaries are traditionally advocacy,” Burns says. He sees his films as acts of “emotional archeology” that aspire to be art. When Paula Kerger, PBS’s president, recently introduced Burns in Los Angeles, she quoted a tweet that described him as “the Marvel Studios of PBS.”

DMA 11: TAMPA, FL

WEDU Picks Up Programs As WUSF Shuts Down

DMA 1: NEW YORK

WNET Benefits From Limited Pledge Drives

‘Victoria’ Gets Season 2 Premiere Date On PBS

DMA 2: LOS ANGELES

KVCR Fast-Tracks Local Production Expansion

DMA 89: CHATTANOOGA, TN

WTCI To Launch Monthly Screening At Theater

New ‘Washington Week’ Host: Balance Over Frivolity

PBS To Search For America’s Favorite Book

TCA SUMMER PRESS TOUR

PBS’s Kerger Details Stakes Of Budget Fight

“PBS itself will not go away, but a number of our stations will,” says PBS President Paula Kerger, cautioning the press about what’s on the line if federal funding is truly yanked. “There Isn’t a Plan B.”

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PBS To Host October VSF Meeting

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Maryland Public TV Prepares For IP Migration

Ann Curry To Host PBS Series ‘We’ll Meet Again’

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PBS Tonight: Where 3 Brothers Hid From The Nazis

Last Nail In The PTFP Coffin?

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that seeks to repeal all of its regulations establishing and governing the Public Telecommunications Facilities Program (PTFP). The PTFP was a competitive grant program that helped public broadcasting entities, state and local governments, Native American Tribes, and nonprofit organizations to construct public television and radio stations.

DMA 6: SAN FRANCISCO

KQED Recovering From Ransonware Attack

The journalists at San Francisco’s public TV and radio station, KQED, have been stuck in a time warp. All Internet-connected devices, tools and machinery have been cut off in an attempt to isolate and contain a ransomware attack that infected the station’s computers June 15. More than a month later, many remain offline.

T-Mobile To Help LPTVs Make Repack Moves

T-Mobile says it is offering to pay moving costs for low-power stations “that operate on a secondary basis and are unable to obtain a permanent channel in time to accommodate T-Mobile’s rapid deployment of broadband service in the 600 MHz band.”

PBS Partners With Google On Educational Tool

T-Mobile Joins With Public TV In Repack

T-Mobile has committed to covering the costs for local public television low-power facilities that are required to relocate to new broadcasting frequencies following the government’s recent spectrum incentive auction.

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‘POV’ Docs Are Must-See On PBS Tonight

DMA 3: CHICAGO

WTTW Documentary Follows Syrian Family

Mellon Gives $1M To Public Broadcasting Archive

DMA 3

WTTW Chicago CEO Dan Schmidt To Retire

Dan Schmidt, the controversial president and CEO of the parent company of PBS station WTTW and classical radio WFMT-FM, will retire at the end of the year, Window to the World Communications announced Thursday.

DMA 9: BOSTON

WGBH COO Ben Godley Gets Expanded Role

Noncommercial WGBH on Wednesday announced the promotion of Ben Godley to the newly created position of president, WGBH Business Services. Godley will continue to serve as COO, in addition to leading the expansion of new initiatives and business services that he has forged and led for the flagship public media producer. “The landscape for public […]

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ASU’s ‘Cronkite News’ Named Top Newscast

Minn. Gives $1.95M For New Public TV Gear

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Public Stations Lag Behind 3.0 Bandwagon

The “soft focus” on strategic planning is putting public TV far behind commercial broadcasters in preparing for next-gen TV.

DMA 33: KANSAS CITY

KCPT Layoffs Include Emmy-Winner

Noncommercial KCPT has eliminated one part-time and three full-time positions. Two producers, an education coordinator and the executive producer for cultural affairs were cut, said Angee Simmons, VP for TV production and creative services.

Al Vecchione, ‘PBS NewsHour’ Producer, Dies

Al Vecchione, a television producer who helped broadcast the Senate Watergate hearings to a national audience and who later made crucial contributions that allowed the PBS NewsHour to rival commercial news programs in prestige if not in profit, died May 24. He was 86.

Trump Budget To Phase Out Public RTV Funds

The $30 million in the White House’s proposed 2018 budget for CPB is intended for “an orderly closeout of federal funding.” The draft, which requires congressional approval, would also zero out public broadcasting’s interconnection update program in FY18, as well as the public TV early literacy initiative Ready To Learn.

PBS Slates Live Nature Special From Alaska

Wild Alaska Live will air over three nights on PBS on July 23, 26 and 30. Cameras placed in the Tongass National Forest, the Kenai Fjords National Park, in Hallo Bay and other locations will hunt for wildlife as the show discusses how the state’s human population interacts with nature.

PubTVs That Sat Out Auction Could Benefit

Public broadcasters can still explore channel-sharing options, take advantage of equipment upgrades and plan an investment fund that would help the entire system.

Judy Woodruff, The Woman Of The Hour

Though still mourning her PBS NewsHour co-anchor, Gwen Ifill, Woodruff continues to be a pioneering role model in journalism.

Producer, Public TV Pioneer Robert Wilson Dies

DMA 17: DENVER

Rocky Mountain PBS Reveals $6M Gift

‘Little Women’ Miniseries Coming To PBS

Budget Bill Retains CPB, NEA Funding

A budget deal reached over the weekend spares funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and even increases money to the National Endowment for the Arts and the Humanities. President Trump’s budget plans had called for cutting back on the funding for the arts agencies for the rest of 2017, or through September, and proposed eliminating money to the groups in next year’s budget.