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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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