Posted: May 28, 2003

Children’s TV producers for WGBH and Reading Rainbow have taken unusual steps to keep their programs on the air. For the first time ever, WGBH will produce a new preschool series for a commercial outlet. Reading Rainbow host LeVar Burton … Continue reading

Posted: May 22, 2003

Uncooperative Iraqi prisoners of war are being forced to listen to Barney’s “I Love You” song, the Sesame Street theme and heavy metal music, reports the BBC. [Via randomWalks.]

Posted: May 21, 2003

Chevron Texaco said May 20 that it will end its longterm sponsorship of Metropolitan Opera broadcasts next April, the San Francisco Examiner reported. The opera company vowed to find new sponsors. Texaco began sponsoring the broadcasts in 1940, according to … Continue reading

Posted: May 20, 2003

Maryland’s Salisbury University is considering selling radio station WSCL, reports The Salisbury Daily Times.

Posted: May 20, 2003

“Public broadcasting’s super salesman” David Ives, who led WGBH as it became a national production powerhouse, died on May 16. “As the man who approved major projects at WGBH, he became linked with enduring national favorites,” such as Nova, Masterpiece … Continue reading

Posted: May 19, 2003

Race: The Power of an Illusion, a three-part public TV series, “could more aptly be titled ‘PBS: The Power of Self-Delusion,’ a study of how a publicly owned television network with a mandate to challenge the mind can instead put … Continue reading

Posted: May 15, 2003

The FCC has fined WCVE in Richmond, Va., $10,000 for illegally constructing and operating a new antenna site. The station started broadcasting from the site before it requested FCC permission to do so. The commission later denied WCVE’s petition. Read … Continue reading