Stewards for the media future

Posted: October 18, 2010

What public broadcasting can do to plan for its own future and for federal policies that serve the public interest In the first part of this commentary in Current Oct. 4 [2010], Wick Rowland, an early PBS planner and now … Continue reading

KCET’s split from PBS leaves uncertainty for both

Posted: October 18, 2010

It’s official: KCET, one of the biggest siblings in the PBS family, is leaving home for good. Although station President Al Jerome has complained for years about high network dues and the contentious overlap situation with KCET’s three PBS brethren … Continue reading

Adrift, mute and helpless

Posted: October 4, 2010

Why everyone but public broadcasters is making federal policy for public media The FCC’s recent National Broadband Plan and its Future of the Media initiative have highlighted a chronic problem in U.S public broadcasting: The system has no long-term policy … Continue reading

Study sees growth if NPR loosens up, sounds less elite

Posted: September 20, 2010

A new study for NPR identifies a much bigger potential news audience that would listen to public radio if the field works to break down perceptions that its programs are elitist and stuffy. Producers would have to make shows that are more lively and conversational and promoters would have to take greater care when describing public radio as “intelligent” and “serious,” according to the Los Angeles-based firm SmithGeiger. Continue reading

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