Jul 7, 2006
Reuters reports on WBEZ's decision to scrap music programming in favor of a 24-hour news and public affairs format, a move partially motivated by the growing popularity of the iPod as music lovers' platform of choice. But not all music lovers, apparently. "We feel very empty . . . [i]t seems like a decision that was made arbitrarily and without the input of listeners," said Mike Widdell, co-founder of protest/petition site savethemusiconwbez.org. Said WBEZ g.m. Torey Malatia: "This is a major decision for us and we knew it would have a strong reaction from people."
Posted by Jeremy Egner at 11:52 AM
PBS announced Thursday that it was abandoning its plan to launch a 24-hour Kids Go! digital multicast channel in October. "While PBS stations support the concept of a 24-hour educational service for early elementary school-age children, an insufficient number of stations are in a position to financially sustain the service," Jill Corderman, associate publicity director for PBS Kids, wrote in an e-mail. (See also Broadcasting & Cable.) The two-hour Kids Go! block and companion website will carry on and PBS may offer additional Go! content via on-demand video or other new media platforms.
Posted by Jeremy Egner at 11:34 AM
In the first of what promises to be many such partnerships, according to Google reps, the cyber-juggernaut has signed on to distribute original Sundance Channel films and series via its Google Video service, reports the Hollywood Reporter. Movie titles will be available for $3.99 for a 24-hour rental or $9.99 to own. Series are available only for purchase starting at $1.99 per episode.
Posted by Jeremy Egner at 10:52 AM