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PBS Ombudsman


Recent Columns

February 14, 2014

Tensions Over Pensions

Hold the presses, if there are any of them left operating. Late this afternoon, just after this column was written, member-station WNET in New York and PBS issued a statement resolving the controversy that is discussed below. The joint statement… More »

February 12, 2014

The Mailbag: More on ‘MAKERS’ and Other Stuff

Today’s ombudsman’s mailbag is a brief follow-up to the last one that was devoted to what I described as “a pre-emptive strike” by critics of some individuals slated to be profiled in six new one-hour documentaries that will be part… More »

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 »

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