Apr 5, 2006

Susan Stamberg offers Katie Couric ten tidbits of anchoring advice. No. 6: "Combing one's hair was never a priority here, and I can't see why it should be for you."
NPR's Juan Williams told Bill O'Reilly of Fox News that "these kids don't know anything" in reference to Los Angeles students protesting immigration legislation, according to Media Matters.
McSweeney's presents "A Rejected Submission to NPR's 'This I Believe.'" Money line: "But then you realize your bat does, in fact, suck."
PBS's winners in the 65th annual Peabody Awards include documentaries presented by American Experience, P.O.V. and American Masters. Also: the international co-productions of Bleak House, recently broadcast on Masterpiece Theatre, and a Nature film that debuts this Sunday.
The New York Times might sell its stake in the Discovery Times channel, a joint venture with Discovery Communications, the New York Observer reports. Web video will have a larger presence on the Times redesigned website, which debuted this week, and some within the paper are reportedly unsatisfied with the Discovery channel's home in the cable "exurbs," the Observer reports. “We have a position on the dial you couldn’t find with a Sherpa,” one Times staffer said.
Wired explores the podcasting predicament: Pubradio wants to embrace convenient new platforms, but will giving content away for free hurt the bottom line? "You can go around and say the sky is falling, or you can see [podcasts] as an opportunity," says Ruth Seymour, g.m. of major podcaster KCRW. Another view: "All of the new delivery systems are great for the stations that produce the content. It's not good for the local affiliate in Eau Claire, Wisconsin," says consultant Paul Marszalek. "They're really, really reliant on programs from elsewhere to draw listeners and members." Marszalek previously urged pubradio to charge for its podcasts in a Current commentary. (This article was Slashdotted.)
Greg Guma, the new executive director of the Pacifica Foundation, reported to the network's board last month about the big issues he's been studying. Pacifica has also launched a new website,, a resource for staffers at Pacifica stations.