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PBS Ombudsman

Archive

January 2014

January 23, 2014

The Mailbag: A Pre-Emptive Strike on More 'Makers'

When you make an announcement before a group of reporters at the semi-annual Television Critics Association conference, you are likely to get some publicity. Among the announcements made by PBS at this year's gathering in Pasadena was news that six... More »

January 22, 2014

The Mailbag: A Letter from Bill Moyers

This edition of the mailbag contains just one letter. It is a response from Bill Moyers to the Ombudsman's Column posted on Jan. 9. That column dealt with a couple of issues surrounding the Jan. 3 presentation of the weekly... More »

January 15, 2014

The Mailbag: A Lot More on Downton; a Little More on Moyers

As has happened before, when something we think of as sort of contemporary — a gay kiss, a loved one lost to a fatal car accident, a rape — unfolds amid the gentility of Downton Abbey, some viewers object. I... More »

January 13, 2014

The Mailbag: A Downton Downer and Other Things

Despite on-screen warnings by PBS at the beginning of last Sunday's edition of Downton Abbey that the segment was rated TV-14 and "The following drama contains scenes which may not be suitable for all audiences. Viewer discretion is advised," many... More »

January 9, 2014

Over the Air or Off the Air?

The powers that be at PBS were dancing in the aisles earlier this week (I didn't really see this but it was undoubtedly in the minimum-physical-contact, please; we're British style) when it was reported that the season four debut of... More »
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