With FCC’s eye on Daystar, WMFE-TV sale nixed

Posted: March 26, 2012

The FCC has delayed decisions on two transactions involving sales of public TV stations to Daystar Television Network to examine whether the religious broadcaster meets its criteria for localism and educational programming by noncommercial broadcasters. The scrutiny scuttled a deal … Continue reading

County okays merger of Charlotte’s WTVI, college

Posted: March 26, 2012

The merger of PBS member station WTVI in Charlotte, N.C., with Central Piedmont Community College was approved March 20 by Mecklenburg County commissioners in a 6–3 vote, saving the station from going dark. Like a number of other troubled stations, … Continue reading

Pubradio report prompts mine-safety measures

Posted: March 12, 2012

An investigation of a mine accident in Idaho by the Northwest News Network, a collaboration of public radio stations in Idaho, Oregon and Washington, has prompted a federal agency to change how it handles documents regarding mine safety. Last fall, … Continue reading

Indie docs lose viewers, carriage as they’re moved to Thursdays

Posted: March 12, 2012

The shift of Independent Lens from Tuesdays to Thursdays this season has created ratings and carriage woes for the indie-doc showcase and highlighted two often-conflicting objectives of programmers: winning larger audiences by serving highly valued loyal viewers, and getting more diverse and sometimes daring programming into the public TV lineup. Continue reading

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