As NBC partners, pubmedia may expand reporting, visibility

Posted: January 17, 2012

NBC will share stories, resources and content distribution with two public broadcasters, ProPublica and two local nonprofit newsrooms under the FCC agreement clearing Comcast’s 2011 takeover of NBC Universal. If the preexisting, five-year collaboration between NBC-owned KNSD in San Diego … Continue reading

Downton returns, doubling average PBS evening rating

Posted: January 12, 2012

The return of Downton Abbey proved to be a ratings blockbuster for PBS, while critics  mostly heaped praise on the Emmy-winning drama’s second season. Downton’s season premiere Jan. 8 [2012] attracted an average 4.2 million viewers, not including viewing through … Continue reading

Minutes on Roadshow are pay enough for some

Posted: December 27, 2011

An 11-page diatribe from a former Antiques Roadshow appraiser to producing station WGBH provides a look deep inside public television’s most popular national show as Roadshow knockoffs proliferate on cable channels. The issues raised by Gary Sohmers, a Hawaiian shirt-clad, … Continue reading

Sports: a real community that some stations join

Posted: December 12, 2011

There’s a new game in town — relatively new to public television, anyway. Blessed with digital multicast channels and eager to attract new viewers, PBS stations are finding success with high-school football and other sports as varied as NASCAR and … Continue reading

Market Wars, companion for Roadshow, is coming to PBS

Posted: November 7, 2011

PubTV programmers heard welcome details of a long-awaited spinoff of the hit Antiques Roadshow at the National Educational Telecommunications Association Conference in Kansas City, Oct. 18–20. [The reality-TV casting agent behind Jersey Shore is seeking antiques authorities for the roles. … Continue reading

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