Jim Fellows: diplomat at center of pubTV

Posted: January 17, 2012

James A. Fellows, 77, an advocate of high ideals, strategic planning and executive training for public television, died in his sleep Friday, Jan. 6, at a nursing home in Millville, N.J. He had been besieged by Parkinson’s disease and the … Continue reading

As NBC partners, pubmedia may expand reporting, visibility

Posted: January 17, 2012

NBC will share stories, resources and content distribution with two public broadcasters, ProPublica and two local nonprofit newsrooms under the FCC agreement clearing Comcast’s 2011 takeover of NBC Universal. If the preexisting, five-year collaboration between NBC-owned KNSD in San Diego … Continue reading

WGBH puts listings on an iPad

Posted: January 17, 2012

WGBH has begun distributing its monthly program guide, Explore!, in a package that brings video and audio promos along with it to iPad tablets. It can also use Wi-Fi to pull in updated “live listings” from the Web even after it’s in the viewers’ hands. Continue reading

Downton returns, doubling average PBS evening rating

Posted: January 12, 2012

The return of Downton Abbey proved to be a ratings blockbuster for PBS, while critics  mostly heaped praise on the Emmy-winning drama’s second season. Downton’s season premiere Jan. 8 [2012] attracted an average 4.2 million viewers, not including viewing through … Continue reading

Minutes on Roadshow are pay enough for some

Posted: December 27, 2011

An 11-page diatribe from a former Antiques Roadshow appraiser to producing station WGBH provides a look deep inside public television’s most popular national show as Roadshow knockoffs proliferate on cable channels. The issues raised by Gary Sohmers, a Hawaiian shirt-clad, … Continue reading

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