Public Broadcasting in the News
Jim Lehrer Dies
The Washington Post looks at the life of PBS NewsHour’s legendary co-founder and longtime anchor. Lehrer was dubbed the ‘dean of moderators’ for presiding over 12 presidential debates.
Programmers are working to fix problems that surfaced during the rollout of PBS’ sIX interconnection system, which is supposed to let stations pluck programs from the cloud. The cloud-based system automatically locked some episodes that were supposed to be made available, reports Current.
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. ...