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

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

KCET warns it may leave PBS

Posted: August 9, 2010

After negotiating with PBS for eight months over a proposal to reduce its dues and remake public TV in the Los Angeles market, the city’s biggest public station announced last week that it is preparing to completely drop out of … Continue reading

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