May 31, 2004
First Broadcasting, a commercial radio group, is petitioning the FCC to change its procedures for licensing stations. Some of the changes, if adopted, would affect public radio, including how the agency handles vacant allotments and community-of-license switches.
Posted by Mike at 3:18 PM
PBS President Pat Mitchell is one of three candidates for chairman of the Motion Picture Association of America named in a New York Times report. MPAA has found it hard to find a successor for Jack Valenti.
Posted by Steve at 9:03 AM
May 30, 2004
Lori Robertson of American Journalism Review chews over threats to depth and innovation at NPR News as the network adds hours of news programming for reporters to fill. When asked to file for three shows in a day, Nina Totenberg recalls replying: "If you want me to know anything for me to report, you have to leave me alone for a few hours to do it."
Posted by Steve at 4:18 PM
After a year of operating a transmitter in Sacramento, San Francisco's KQED has a weekly cume of just 19,000, while the local pubradio station, KXJZ, has 140,000 -- up 3,000 from last year, the Sacramento Bee reported. The Bay Area station competes head-on with KXJZ, running Morning Edition, TOTN, ATC and Marketplace at the same times (with one half-hour discrepancy).
Posted by Steve at 3:49 PM
May 27, 2004
Sounds like the Public Broadcasting Metadata Dictionary is now in beta release, for pubcasters who want to try digital asset management. [Text of the dictionary's present version. Earlier Current article.] Panelists from all corners of pubcasting looked at the alpha version in February during a comment period. Now the CPB-funded dictionary of metadata terms is being tested. Version 1.0 is due out in the fall.
Posted by Steve at 7:03 PM
May 25, 2004
Does NPR have a liberal bias? Hardly, according to lefty media watchdog group Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting. In its study of NPR signature programming, FAIR found the network's partisan sources are more likely to be Republican. The study titled "How Public is Public Radio?" also claims NPR "relies on the same elite and influential sources that dominate mainstream commercial news, and falls short of reflecting the diversity of the American public."
Posted by Jeremy Egner at 5:18 PM
"I intend to become much more of an advocate for public broadcasting than when I am on the air and seem to be acting in self-interest." In a Texas Monthly interview, Bill Moyers discusses the price public broadcasting pays for federal funding and what he intends to do about it.
Posted by Karen at 10:24 AM
Bob Edwards, back in D.C. in a break from his book tour, said NPR bosses didn't give him the option of co-hosting the show before they reassigned him [RealAudio file.]. "I was never asked to be a co-host, I was never told I would have a co-host. None of that came up," Edwards said on Diane Rehm's talk show May 21. Program chief Jay Kernis has said NPR wanted two hosts for the show that Edwards hosted alone. He said he will remain at NPR "for the time being," but owes it to himself and his family to review "attractive options" offered by others.
Posted by Steve at 9:29 AM
May 20, 2004
May 19, 2004
Continuing her 70-city tour, Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman explained in a Washington Post online chat why she recently interviewed sources familiar with the Palestinian refugees' situation: "Our role as journalists is to go where the silence is."
Posted by Steve at 5:42 PM
May 18, 2004
"Real diversity. Real public television" is the slogan for Philadelphia's maverick public TV station WYBE, and the phrase could be a précis of General Manager Sherri Hope Culver's article in Television Quarterly, posted on the station's site. (Beware -- it's a long PDF download.) Not a member of PBS, the station specializes in underserved minorities and is guided in part by 12 ethnic councils.
Posted by Steve at 5:50 PM
May 17, 2004
"Does anyone in public TV realize that people have lives?" Kansas City Star critic Aaron Barnhart faults PBS's scheduling of Colonial House as a marathon viewing experience.
Posted by Karen at 2:13 PM
May 14, 2004
Morning Edition without Bob Edwards will succeed by featuring energetic hosts and "fewer interviews with novelists," among other changes, predicts commercial broadcaster Randall Bloomquist in the Wall Street Journal.
Posted by Mike at 12:52 PM
May 13, 2004
Gerald Slavet, creator of PRI's From the Top, won the company's 2004 Award for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. And NPR gave its first-ever Public Radio Leadership Award to Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska).
Posted by Mike at 10:21 AM
May 12, 2004
In a May 11 ruling, the D.C. Circuit Court upheld the FCC's point system for resolving mutually exclusive noncommercial applications, rebuffing challenges from the American Family Association and Jefferson Public Radio. (PDF.) The decision removes a major obstacle to the FCC's acceptance of new applications for reserved spectrum.
Posted by Mike at 12:57 PM
May 11, 2004
Researchers at Ball State University's Center for Media Design found by observing a (small) sample of media consumers that Americans use media much more than they acknowledged in phone surveys. People used TV and online more than twice as much as indicated in phone surveys and used radio almost twice as much. Users' diaries yielded usage data closer to those obtained by observation. [PDF file of full study. Center for Media Design.] Thanks to benton.org and other postings.
Posted by Steve at 10:47 AM
Alexander Acosta, assistant attorney general for civil rights, said the Justice Department reopened the 1955 Emmett Till murder case after recent films about the 1955 murder of Emmett Till, including Stanley Nelson's American Experience doc indicated that participants in the murder may still be living, AP reported. The films were Nelson's "The Murder of Emmett Till" and Keith A. Beauchamp's "The Untold Story of Emmett Till."
Posted by Steve at 7:37 AM
May 7, 2004
San Francisco Chronicle TV critic Tim Goodman marks the 50th anniversary of KQED with a column excoriating PBS and its local member station: "Rarely has a media outlet lost pace with the needs and wants of its audience and been more in denial about it than PBS."
Posted by Karen at 2:56 PM
May 6, 2004
Ira Glass's girlfriend tells the Houston Chronicle that Glass is "not the master storyteller he's made out to be" and thinks too much about work. "But at the same time I want everyone to know that he's taken, and you really don't have a chance with him because you couldn't possibly measure up to me."
Posted by Mike at 11:31 AM
May 5, 2004
NPR's decision to reassign Bob Edwards followed sound corporate strategy--and that's a good thing, writes Steven Pearlstein in the Washington Post. "If you don't find a way to disrupt your own success, the theory goes, someone else will." (Pearlstein discusses his column.)
Posted by Mike at 10:06 AM
May 4, 2004
Last week's Frontline doc on President Bush's born-again faith "appears to be a balanced look at the impact of faith on politics," cautiously admits a writer for the conservative Focus on the Famiily website.
Posted by Steve at 5:58 AM
Louis Rukeyser, longtime host of Wall Street programs on public TV, has taken leave from TV for health reasons, the Baltimore Sun reported. Doctors said he needs treatment for a low-grade malignancy, CNBC said. Since October, guests have hosted Rukeyser's CNBC program, carried on many public TV stations. Rukeyser promised to return, according to news reports.
Posted by Steve at 5:46 AM