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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An Unfinished Tale

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Sanditon viewers aren’t happy with the uncertain ending; unfortunately, a Season Two for Jane Austen’s unfinished story is unlikely, for now.

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Water for Deserts

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U.S. communities today are more wired than ever. Yet increasingly large swaths of the nation are losing stalwart sources of local news as advertising revenue dries up. Who’ll tell them what’s going in their schools, on Main Street and in City Hall? Public broadcasters say they’re up to the task. But will and journalistic skill alone aren’t enough to deliver the news.

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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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PBS Earns 18 Daytime Emmy Nominations

Public television has been nominated for 28 Daytime Emmy Awards, including 18 for PBS and 10 for American Public Television (APT).

PBS Kids and Its ‘Evergreen’ Mission of Accessibility and Representation

Forbes interviews Sara DeWitt, vice president of digital at PBS Kids, on its “evergreen mission of providing accessible, engaging content to young children.”

PBS Leads the Pack in Peabody Nominations

Of the 60 finalists selected by the Peabody Awards board of jurors, PBS programs received 12 nominations, more than any other organization.

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. ...