“Let’s call it what it is: It’s ‘state television,’ with all that implies,” writes Roger Smith in a harsh critique of public TV at TomPaine.com (a website edited by John Moyers–son of Bill).
PBS is negotiating deals for distribution of its kids and primetime programming via cable’s video-on-demand platforms, according to Deron Triff, PBS’s v.p. of digital ventures, in an interview with Tracy Swedlow’s Interactive TV Today.
Newsday‘s Noel Holston compares public TV pledge drives to black-velvet Elvis portraits.
More public radio stations than ever could change hands this year, reports an Associated Press article spurred by KQED’s recent acquisition in Sacramento.
Frontline‘s producers objected to similarities between their PBS public affairs documentary series and the ABC reality show, Profiles From the Front Line, reports the Boston Globe. [scroll down to third story]
“What Mr. Rogers could have taught Michael Jackson” in Sunday’s New York Times.
J.J. Yore, new v.p. of programming at Marketplace Productions, hopes to collaborate with L.A. station KPCC on projects such as a series about pop culture, reports the L.A. Times.