For PBS pledge shows, overlap stations must pay extra or play later

Posted: April 13, 2010

The PBS Board tweaked its rules governing one of public TV’s touchiest ongoing internal disputes March 31, stepping in as a referee between major-market stations that are full members of PBS and the smaller Program Differentiation Plan (PDP) stations in the same markets that buy part of the PBS schedule — usually with restrictions on broadcast dates. Continue reading

It’s a plan

Posted: March 24, 2010

Comic recreation of a gripping behind-the-scenes drama playing itself out at the Federal Communications Commission, animated using Xtranormal technology.

A proposal to abate viewer confusion

Posted: January 25, 2010

PBS Ombudsman Michael Getler wrote recently in his online column about what he views as a problem: that public television viewers are confused about where programs on public television come from and assume that everything on public TV originates at PBS. What … Continue reading

Disconnect ’twixt board and manager

Posted: December 14, 2009

Stations struggling with mounting deficits often cut jobs, but the shears rarely lop off the highest rank as they did at WHQR in Wilmington, N.C., a year ago. In December 2008 the Wilmington station’s board of directors cut staff from … Continue reading