How is FRONTLINE funded?
Funding for FRONTLINE is provided through the support of PBS viewers and by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Major funding for FRONTLINE is provided by The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and by Reva and David Logan. Additional funding is provided by the Park Foundation and by the FRONTLINE Journalism Fund. Major funding for FRONTLINE’s expanded 2010-2011 broadcast season is provided by The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
How can I donate to FRONTLINE?
We encourage tax-deductible contributions to your local PBS station.
Stations pay a fee to PBS to broadcast FRONTLINE, so the more your station hears that viewers value having FRONTLINE programs, the more incentive it will have to continue carrying the series. In addition, the FRONTLINE Journalism Fund was established recently by a group of philanthropists committed to magnifying the reach and impact of enterprise reporting. Those interested in supporting the Fund with a major gift should contact: Winifred Lenihan, Vice President of Development, 617-300-3894 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I comment about a specific program?
All FRONTLINE reports have a “Join the Discussion/Comments” section on the web site. You can also e-mail FRONTLINE at: email@example.com. We read and respond to all e-mails.
You can also contact Michael Getler, who serves as an independent internal critic for PBS. He reviews commentary and criticism from viewers of PBS programs and seeks to ensure PBS upholds its own standards of editorial integrity.
How do I find out whether FRONTLINE has covered a particular subject in the past or more recently?
FRONTLINE has its own search engine and you can also Google “FRONTLINE+subject” for fast, accurate results. You can also search by TOPICS/CATEGORIES on our website.
How can I contact FRONTLINE?
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SCHEDULE / DVDs & TRANSCRIPTS
When will you be re-airing (program name)?
Go to our FRONTLINE schedule section, which will keep you informed about which FRONTLINE programs will be on in your area and when. Just let us know which PBS member station you use to watch FRONTLINE. Or you can sign up for FRONTLINE’s newsletter (at the bottom of this page) to always stay up to date on what’s next.
How can I get a videotape/DVD/digital copy of a program?
FRONTLINE programs generally are available for purchase for a period of three to 10 years after initial broadcast. After that, rights to distribute and/or broadcast the program expire. Many large libraries have tapes or DVDs of our programs in their collection, so you should check with your local library. If they don’t have the program, they may be able to obtain one for you via inter-library loan.
Home videos (DVDs of recent programs; tapes and DVDs of older ones) are available for purchase online through ShopPBS. [NOTE: Not all FRONTLINE programs are available on home video.]
Videotapes and DVDs for schools, libraries and other educational institutions are available for
purchase online through PBS Video. You can also write them at:
PBS Video Customer Service
P.O. Box 279
Melbourne, FL 32902-0279
Starting with season 26 (2007-2008), FRONTLINE programs are also sold on iTunes.
How can I license FRONTLINE footage?
Contact WGBH Stock Sales, or firstname.lastname@example.org
Where can I get a transcript of a program?
Transcripts for all programs from 1995 to date are free and available exclusively on the program’s companion web site. Go to the “Tapes & Transcripts” or “DVD/Transcript” section of each site.
RE-USE OF FRONTLINE VIDEO/CONTENT
I want to use your web site in my presentation/class/etc. How long will the website be up?
All FRONTLINE companion websites are available indefinitely as an archive for research and education.
Can I use this image/content/feature from your site on my web site?
See our Copyright for conditions of use.
VIDEO / TECHNICAL ISSUES
Why am I having problems watching FRONTLINE video?
However, for newer FRONTLINE reports (those from January 2008-on), we are aware of occasional viewing problems caused by a new video technology system we recently have started using. If you can’t access FRONTLINE video, the best thing to do is reload the page. If you still have problems, please wait a few minutes and try again. We regret this very frustrating situation. Everyone involved is working hard to solve the problem as quickly as possible.
Why aren’t more FRONTLINE programs available for viewing online?
We would like to stream all programs on our site, but this isn’t possible. Internet rights cannot be obtained for some broadcasts, and for older programs costs are prohibitive for re-upping stock footage, music and talent rights.
Why does your site look strange?
STORY IDEAS / JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
How can I submit a story idea?
FRONTLINE is committed to providing a venue for engaging documentaries that fully explore and illuminate the critical issues of our times. We seek credible, thoughtful reporting combined with powerful narrative, and a good story well told.
We welcome suggestions from our viewers, and we review all letters and ideas. We are producing 27 programs this season and each year receive roughly 500 program suggestions and proposals.
We accept well-researched film proposals, completed films and works-in-progress — including films in production, films at rough cut and films with substantial funding in-hand. Proposals can be submitted to: http://submissions.wgbh.org/.
How can I work for FRONTLINE?
FRONTLINE has a relatively small central staff headquartered at WGBH in Boston. If there are openings at FRONTLINE, they will be posted on the WGBH site. Almost all of our programs are made by independent producers based elsewhere in the U.S. and abroad.
Does FRONTLINE have internships?
Yes. FRONTLINE interns help out on research and production for programs, web sites and also assist editors and producers in FRONTLINE’s post-production unit. See the WGBH site for more information and how to apply.