Indecency’s winding road, 1978-2006

Posted: July 17, 2006

July 3, 1978 FCC v. Pacifica Foundation: The Supreme Court upheld the FCC’s right to ban indecent speech when children could be expected to be in the audience. Pacifica’s WBAI in New York had aired George Carlin’s “Filthy Words” monologue … Continue reading

PBS Kids Go! channel: plan is no-go for now

Posted: July 17, 2006

After fewer than half of PBS stations made commitments to carry a proposed multicast channel for school-aged children, the network pulled back its plan to launch PBS Kids Go! as a fully packaged DTV multicasting service in October. The network … Continue reading

Spirits rise as PBS acts: science, kids, on demand

Posted: May 30, 2006

During a PBS Showcase meeting distinguished by a sense of optimism that public TV had emerged stronger after last year’s political troubles, public TV executives unveiled their plans to make more PBS content available to viewers on demand, to expand … Continue reading

Return of the Pythons: their PBS premiere

Posted: December 19, 2005

Bring out your dead, practice your silly walks, and steel yourselves for something completely different, yet strangely familiar. PBS is launching a video onslaught of Monty Python humor—the classics as well as the humorists’ annotated favorites and an acclaimed sequel … Continue reading

Doc-makers get specific about copyright fair use

Posted: November 21, 2005

Friday afternoon, things changed for producers who need to use somebody else’s footage and music in their documentaries. Clearing rights may still cost a lot and take too much time, as in the past, but Patricia Aufderheide and Peter Jaszi … Continue reading

The probe: Unilateral actions exceeded chair’s authority

Posted: November 21, 2005

Kenneth Y. Tomlinson repeatedly violated provisions of both the Public Broadcasting Act and the corporation’s guidelines for board members’ behavior, according to the report of a six-month internal investigation released Nov. 15 [2005]. Tomlinson, who resigned from the CPB Board … Continue reading