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The Public Broadcasting Service’s flagship news show, NewsHour, has hired its first-ever digital anchor, reports TVNewser. Nicole Ellis will become the dedicated lead anchor for the newscast’s digital video content.
The Public Broadcasting Service announced its net income for fiscal year 2021 was $30.4 million, or $5.4 million above its projection, Current reports. PBS Treasurer Tom Tardivo credits increased ancillary revenue, higher income from PBS distribution and lower expenses.
Sara DeWitt, a 20-year veteran of the Public Broadcasting Service, will become the new senior vice president and general manager of PBS Kids, C21 Media reports.
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.
When the Southwestern border town of Del Rio, Texas, lost its only newspaper, a local man stepped in with an investment in print, turning his event-oriented website into a news outlet with a print edition. He’s helping fight back against the encroaching edges of a news desert.
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. ...