PBS To Address Race and Racism in America Through Broadcast and Streaming Content

PBS announced June 3, that it will broadcast a series of films and new specials focused on race in America following the murder of George Floyd on May 25, 2020, and the ensuing protests that erupted across the country.

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No Business Like NBR

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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.

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Where’s the Bern?

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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.

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Grover and The Very Bad Word

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

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Public Broadcasting in the News

New York’s Flagship THIRTEEN Moves Across the Dial

Over-the-air viewers of PBS flagship station THIRTEEN, will need to rescan their televisions as the New York City-based station relocates to a new broadcast frequency July 2. Cable and satellite viewers are not affected, reports WNET, New York Public Media via PRNewswire.

PBS Returns to the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas

PBS joined Rep. Vicente Gonzalez of Texas to announce the return of public television to the Rio Grande Valley, in the southeast of the state. The initiative was spearheaded by representatives from PBS, Entravision and Gonzalez’s congressional office.

Six PBS Stations Join ‘A National Initiative to Break the Stereotypes of Individuals with Disabilities’

July marks the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and in celebration of it, WXXI Public Media is leading a pilot project to expand its “Move to Include” initiative to five additional communities, the Rochester, N.Y. public broadcaster announces.

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.

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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. ...