NPR Board hires counsel to probe what went wrong

Posted: November 15, 2010

Reacting to NPR’s abrupt image makeover — from ascendant news organization to partisan punching bag  — the network’s board last week hired an outside firm to investigate the decisions that invited the comedown, the dismissal of news analyst Juan Williams.Dave … Continue reading

Frontline’s producer on pledge shows and online ads

Posted: October 21, 2010

… This is our deepest embarrassment as public broadcasters. I have heard the arguments, and I understand the imperatives, but to think that, hucksters aside, we spend more of our energy and on-air promotional time, pushing programs that have nothing to do with our mission, is shameful…. Continue reading

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

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