Press Reviews of the Series
The editor's pick of the night is a new venture by arguably
the best new show on the air today: It's FRONTLINE/World
... . As we've said many times before, FRONTLINE is the
benchmark of excellence for news documentaries, so when it launches
a unique newsmagazine, we think that's a show definitely worth
-- TV Guide
The modern era of backpack journalism gets a sterling showcase
with the pilot episode of FRONTLINE/World, which takes
viewers well off the beaten path for stories that nevertheless
resonate strongly across our global village.
-- Los Angeles Times
**** (Four stars out of four) FRONTLINE takes another
step toward becoming a definitive TV source for foreign news
with the premiere of FRONTLINE/World ... . FRONTLINE/World
is a magazine of international stories -- some quirky, some
profoundly disturbing -- reported by producer-correspondents
who get little face time. They usually operate as a one- or
two-man band and travel with no entourage. Reporters can be
nimble, with small digital cameras that allow them to move freely
-- Boston Herald
A group called the Supreme Beings of Leisure does the intro
music, which is rhythmic and electronic. The segments are reported
by young video journalists who are free to include personal
narratives and observations. And the stories are short (some
are less than 12 minutes). But the PBS program called FRONTLINE/World
that premieres Thursday night comes from a long tradition of
foreign affairs reporting ... . There is no host, which allows
more time for the journalists to report their stories. The hour-long
program has its own Web site (pbs.org/frontlineworld) and its
own way of looking at the people and politics that shape the
world -- for better and for worse.
-- San Francisco Chronicle
Be assured it's not your father's FRONTLINE. The journalists
are younger, sometimes students. The photography is more incidental,
often employing go-anywhere digital cameras. The target audience
is clearly younger than that for, say, Meet the Press.
... [I]t opens a window on a world little known to American audiences.
If that is the legacy of the new FRONTLINE/World, it
will be a meaningful one.
FRONTLINE/World: Stories from a Small Planet
is the most traveling you can do without leaving your house.
This fascinating, irregular spin-off of "Frontline" airs tonight
and next Thursday at 9 p.m. on Channel 13. Its subtitle, "Stories
from a Small Planet," describes not just the program's content,
but its mood. Intelligent, complicated and often dryly funny,
it often suggests what might happen if "60 Minutes" and the
public radio series "This American Life" had a baby, then turned
it loose to travel the globe.
--The Star Ledger
Here's the idea: Devote an entire television newsmagazine
hour to news from other countries.
Why do such a thing? Well, there is, rumor has it, some evidence
out there that what happens in other lands is increasingly relevant
to those of us nestled in the American bosom.
Enter "Frontline," already more attuned to global doings than
the average TV news program and taking its interest a degree
higher with its occasional "FRONTLINE/World" subseries.
"With the help of DV techology, FRONTLINE/World
not only provides coverage of independent foreign news stories
but gives young videographers a unique opportunity to air their
work. ... In addition to documentaries, the FRONTLINE/World
staff has also managed to create a high-quality website. The
quality of the video streamed on the site, and the wealth of
additional, original reporting that accompanies each FRONTLINE/World
story makes it clear that this website is more than an afterthought
or an archive. It's an impressive contribution to journalism
in its own right."
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