DMA 43: HARRISBURG, PA

Noncom WITF Getting $25M From Auction

WITF Harrisburg, Pa., will use $25 million in spectrum auction proceeds to bankroll three new initiatives, including a possible statewide news organization. WITF’s proceeds came from its agreement to operate under a channel-sharing arrangement, said President Kathleen Pavelko.

DMA 23: PITTSBURGH

WQED Reaps $9.9M In Spectrum Auction

The Pittsburgh public TV outlet will receive $9.9 million from the sale of its spectrum, enough to completely retire its long-term debt with a few million to spare. In exchange for the payout, WQED will move to a lower broadcast frequency, likely in two to three years.

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APTS Announces Public Media Summit Speakers

PBS To Help Convert Stations’ Social Media Followers To Donors

Public Media May Form 3.0 Working Group

Public television leaders need to get up to speed fast on ATSC 3.0, the proposed new broadcast TV transmission standard that the FCC will prioritize this year, according to Marc Hand, CEO of Public Media Co., a nonprofit consulting firm.

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Ali Doc Begins KCET’s Black History Month

DMA 53: BUFFALO, NY

WNED Chief Worried About Possible Budget Cuts

Report: Trump Team Plans To Privatize CPB

Privatizing the Corporation for Public Broadcasting is surfacing as a prospective Trump administration move to reduce government spending. The prospect comes from a proposal by the Heritage Foundation, a conservative group that also proposes the elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts.

‘The Great British Baking Show’ Returning To PBS

‘Doc Martin’ Gets 2 More Seasons, Then Will End

PBS Kids 24/7 On-Air, Online Channel Launches

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — PBS is launching a round-the-clock children’s channel that will be available on member stations and digital platforms. The free PBS Kids channel starting Monday is aimed at youngsters who are 2 to 6 and their families with educational programming including “Nature Cat” and “Bob the Builder,” PBS said. The network called […]

PBS: No ‘Red Flag’ On Funding Under Trump

Given that change always presents uncertainty, said PBS’s Paula Kerger, and “in this case, more uncertainty,” PBS and its member stations are conducting a vigorous effort to remind lawmakers about public television’s value.

DMA 22: CHARLOTTE, NC

WTVI Stays In Black Despite Lower Corporate Giving

DMA 35

Milwaukee PBS Getting Into Storyteller Mode

Roots Of Public Broadcasting Can Be Found In WI

PBS Unveils Its Midseason Lineup

PBS rolled out a massive set of programming announcements, with highlights including a lineup of Masterpiece productions that includes Sherlock, Dark Angel, Home Fires, King Charles III, “o Walk Invisible: The Bronte Sisters and Victoria. The programs announced will be premiering from January through May, and include dramas, arts programming, nature and history shows.

DMA 15: MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL

Twin Cities Public TV To Launch New Kids Channel

Gwen Ifill Of ‘PBS NewsHour’ Dies At 61

A former reporter for The New York Times and The Washington Post, Ifill switched to television in the 1990s and covered politics and Congress for NBC News. She moved to PBS in 1999 as host of Washington Week and also worked for the nightly PBS NewsHour. She and Judy Woodruff were named NewsHour co-anchors in 2013.

PBS Documentary Covers Recorded Music History

NEW YORK (AP) — At one point in the “Soundbreaking” documentary series, producer Paul Epworth describes a freshly heartbroken Adele singing him her new song, “Rolling in the Deep,” pounding out the beat – and her frustrations – with her foot on a slab of wood. He shows how her foot-stomping was incorporated into the […]

Longtime AETN Chief Allen Weatherly Dies At 64

ATSC 3.0 Could Make PTV Truly Independent

A key driver of OTA growth comes from cord-cutters or cord-nevers who relied on internet subscription services, then discovered that their HDTVs already receive free, local television through a cheap antenna. Ironically, it turns out that broadband — still thought by some to be the killer of television — has become a kind of gateway drug for cord-cutting. The key for public television stations is to integrate broadcasting with the internet, which the ATSC 3.0, the next-generation TV standard, is explicitly designed to enable when broadcasters begin adopting it in 2018.

Norman Lear Gets ‘American Masters’ Treatment

WGBH, Yankee Magazine Launch Travel Show

BOSTON (AP) — Yankee magazine and Boston’s public television station, WGBH, are teaming up to launch a new travel and lifestyles show exploring New England. “Weekends With Yankee” is set to premiere nationwide on public television stations in April 2017. The two media companies say filming will get underway later this month on 13 weekly […]

‘Prime Suspect’ Prequel Slotted By PBS

Charlie Rose Celebrates 25 Years Around A Table

DMA 23

WQED Pittsburgh Looking For New Initiatives

PBS Hopes ‘Nerd’ Campaign Will Help Stations

Public Media’s Funding Prospects Improve

According to APTS, a new report says that in 2016, 13 states increased funding for public TV and radio, 10 kept funding steady and seven made cuts, while of the seven states that reduced pubcasting funding, only three trimmed more than 3%. Alabama Public Television was a standout for funding growth with a 34% increase for fiscal 2017. 

DMA 17: DENVER

Rocky Mountain PBS Gets OK For $1.5M Loan

Public Broadcaster Barry Baker Dies At 67

Gwen Ifill Wins John Chancellor Award

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WPSU Adds Calrec Audio Summa Console

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KSPS Upgrades To UTAH-400 Series 2 Router

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‘The Presidents’ On PBS Examines Past Leaders

What PTV Stations Need To Know About Fundraising Partnerships

WGBH ‘Disappointed’ In Explicit ‘Arthur’ Memes

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The network behind the animated series “Arthur” is disappointed that social media users are combining images from the long-running children’s show with explicit situations and language. A spokeswoman for WGBH in Boston said in a statement Wednesday the “Arthur” network appreciates that several internet memes “have been created and shared in […]

Tips For Public TV Stations ‘Pledging The Core’

TCA SUMMER PRESS TOUR

PBS Chief Concerned About Incentive Auction

This year’s auction to shift public airwaves from carrying TV signals to delivering wireless services for mobile devices has PBS President Paula Kerger concerned a “great deal.” Kerger, speaking Thursday during the PBS portion of the Television Critics Association media tour, said that FCC rules prevent her from discussing individual stations. But she stressed the potential impact of stations going dark.

CPB Receives Almost $1M Refund From Treasury

DMA 1: NEW YORK

WNET Tests Watching, Donating Pledge Strategy