The President's Budget and PBS

Neiman Labs talks about President Donald J. Trump's budget proposal, which would kill federal funding for PBS and NPR; and PBS President and CEO Paula Kerger responds to the news. 

Recent Posts

No Business Like NBR

Last Updated by Ricardo Sandoval-Palos on

Since 1979, the Nightly Business Report was the decidedly unsexy character in the financial news genre of television. The public broadcasting pioneer — the first financial news show on television — wore its sober, straight-shooting approach on its sleeve. But the show’s owner, cable TV’s CNBC, pulled the plug and left scores of viewers wondering what happened.

Read More

Where’s the Bern?

Last Updated by Ricardo Sandoval-Palos on

Politics Monday is the NewsHour’s comprehensive rundown of the chase for the presidency in 2020. But a benign omission of Bernie Sanders from the round-up ignited a backlash from hundreds of his supporters and NewsHour viewers.

Read More

Grover and The Very Bad Word

Last Updated by Ricardo Sandoval-Palos on

Social science offers an answer to the mystery of why many people think they heard Grover use foul language in a Sesame Street episode.

Read More
As public editor, Ricardo Sandoval-Palos serves as an independent internal critic within PBS. He reviews commentary and criticism from viewers and seeks to ensure that PBS upholds its own standards of editorial integrity. Read More >
Have a comment related to the journalistic integrity of PBS content? Send an E-mail to Ricardo or contact him at 703-739-5290. You can also follow the public editor on Twitter @PBSPubEd.
The public editor does not replace viewers' long-standing ability to contact stations, producers and PBS.
If you have a comment related to PBS website design or user experience, please contact the Audience Services team.

Public Broadcasting in the News

Public Media Needs to Step Up Its Game in Leadership Training

Public media must do more for its employees’ professional development, writes Deanna Martin Mackey in Current. Mackey is president and executive director of Public Television Major Market Group, a consortium of the nation’s 40 of the nation’s largest public TV stations by market size.

'Masterpiece' In Digital-first Experiment with 'Beecham House'

"Beecham House, a lavish costume drama set in India, will lead a new Masterpiece strategy to convert drama fans into members through PBS Passport, the streaming service for station donors," reports Current. 

News Deserts

Do you live in a ‘news desert’? The University of North Carolina’s Hussman School of Journalism looks at the growing gaps in news coverage left by the closures of local newspapers around the country.

...more on 'News Deserts' and what PBS can do about them (older coverage) 

Against the growing phenomena of news deserts in the United States – areas where local news outlets have failed or have been gutted by the loss of ad revenue – PBS is being called upon to act. One suggested remedy is overhauling the way the Corporation for Public Broadcasting issues grants for public affairs programming, from a Washington, DC -based metric to spending decided by local news producers. ...