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  • KNME Ordered to Mediate Public Records Lawsuit As Fines Mount (Public TV caught selling "news")

    01/01/2013 3:08:13 PM PST · by abb · 16 replies
    New Mexico Watchdog ^ | December 19, 2012 | Jim Scarantino
    After more than five years of resisting a lawsuit requesting inspection of public records, KNME-TV has been ordered into mediation where it will face claims for civil fines and attorney fees that could reach $200,000 and higher. KNME-TV is the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) affiliate at the University of New Mexico. The suit arose from KNME-TV’s production for hire of a misleadingly labeled “news documentary” on the controversial Navajo water settlement. The program was called “The Water Haulers” and was commissioned and paid for by the Navajo Nation and the State Engineer of New Mexico. They wanted the program to...
  • 4th man claims he had underage sex with Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash

    12/10/2012 2:03:47 PM PST · by FamiliarFace · 40 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | December 10, 2012 | Chris Kaltenbach and Mary Carole McCauley
    <p>A fourth accuser is coming forward to claim he engaged in underage sex with former "Sesame Street" puppeteer Kevin Clash.</p> <p>On Monday, Florida-based attorney Jeff Herman filed his third lawsuit alleging that Clash, now 52, engaged in sex with minors. Herman also has filed suits on behalf of two of the previous three accusers.</p>
  • 76 public radio stations would be at “high risk” if Congress de-funds public broadcasting.

    06/25/2012 6:50:29 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 46 replies
    taylor on radio-info ^ | 6/25/12 | Tom Taylor
    The toll on public television would also be harsh, says a new revenue analysis from Booz & Company presented in Washington DC. Booz says 54 public TV stations would be at high risk of shutting down, without revenue support from CPB. The outside experts looked at five alternative scenarios, including allowing public stations to accept some advertising. It decided that “a shift from a non-commercial model to a commercial advertising model would have dramatically negative consequences for many of the communities that public broadcasters serve.” It observes that federal support has already shrunk by $50 million in the last two...
  • U.S. ban on political ads on public TV struck down

    04/12/2012 12:38:07 PM PDT · by raccoonradio · 12 replies
    Chicago Tribube/Reuters ^ | 4/12/12 | Terry Baynes and Jonathan Stempel
    (Reuters) - A divided U.S. appeals court struck down a federal ban on political advertising on public TV and radio stations, a decision that could open the public airwaves to a heavy dose of campaign ads leading up to the November elections. By a 2-1 vote, a panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco said the Federal Communications Commission violated the First Amendment's free speech clause by blocking public broadcasters from running political and public issue ads. The court said the ban was over broad and that lifting it would not threaten to undermine the...
  • MATC deal passes after marathon session (WI)

    03/17/2012 3:56:16 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 2 replies
    JS Online ^ | 3-17-12 | Patrick Marley, Jason Stein and Karen Herzog
    Lawmakers reach agreement on measure after 33-hour session Madison - Ending a grueling session that stretched almost 33 hours, Assembly lawmakers passed on a voice vote a bill to overhaul the board of the Milwaukee Area Technical College, sending the measure to Gov. Scott Walker. It put a gloss of bipartisanship over a session that saw the most conflict in the Legislature in recent memory. Democrats had made a de facto filibuster through the night to block the bill, calling the changes an unneeded power grab. But the Republican majority in the Assembly refused to set the bill aside, saying...
  • Taking the public out of public TV: PBS shows fail to reflect America (barph - libs hate it too!)

    10/25/2010 10:18:57 AM PDT · by epithermal · 8 replies
    Seattle PostGlobe ^ | 10/21/10 | Julie Hollar
    In a special November issue of studies and analyses of PBS's major public affairs shows, FAIR's magazine Extra! shows that "public television" features guestlists strongly dominated by white, male and elite sources, who are far more likely to represent corporations and war makers than environmentalists or peace advocates. And both funding and ownership of these shows is increasingly corporate, further eroding the distinction between "public" and corporate television. There is precious little "public" left in "public television." -snip- The NewsHour's guestlist was 80 percent male and 82 percent white, with a pronounced tilt toward elites who rarely "go unheard," like...
  • Recession dims the glow at WGBH

    09/01/2009 8:45:20 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 21 replies · 1,511+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 09/01/09 | Megan Woodhouse
    Just two years ago, WGBH celebrated the opening of an $85 million state-of-the-art headquarters that symbolized its self-described status as a “public media powerhouse.’’ Today, the nonprofit is coming to grips with the economic realities of operating radio and television stations in a recession. While WGBH produces some of the Public Broadcasting Service’s marquee programming, including “Frontline,’’ “Nova,’’ and “Antiques Roadshow,’’ it must trim about $7 million from its budget this year. That means layoffs, wage freezes, and unpaid furloughs. (snip) The health of WGBH, which started in 1951, is especially important to PBS. The network depends on the station...
  • Is Iran ready for Brian Lamb?-C-SPAN is only as good as the trust the public watching it has in it

    12/13/2005 8:57:11 PM PST · by F14 Pilot · 7 replies · 449+ views
    Washington Prism – Babak Yektafar It was strange watching Brian Lamb, the founder of C-SPAN, on TV at a party in mid-town Tehran last month. Stranger yet, was the number of people at that party who were familiar with him, and his call-in show, Washington Journal. After talking to a few people at that party, and later on at another gathering, I came to realize that Brian Lamb, the pride of Lafayette, Indiana, actually has a small and rather cultish following in Iran. C-SPAN is carried via World Net satellite network, which among other programs, carries programming by the US...
  • MPT slashing staff, salaries, marketing as it faces shortfall

    08/26/2002 7:56:23 AM PDT · by Temple Owl · 11 replies · 212+ views
    Baltimore Sun | 8-24-02 | David Folkenflik
    MPT slashing staff, salaries, marketing as it faces shortfallNew 'Wall Street Week' fails to attract sponsorsBy David FolkenflikSun Television WriterAugust 24, 2002Officials at Maryland Public Television are embarking on sweeping layoffs, across-the-board salary cuts, demotions of many executives and an elimination of all marketing efforts as they combat deep drops in revenue. "We've had to [cut] personnel as a last resort," Robert J. Shuman, president and chief executive officer of MPT, said yesterday. "It's been difficult across the board." MPT officials acknowledge that the budget problems have been compounded by their failure to draw any significant corporate sponsors for the...
  • "Affluenza" Teacher's Guide (Feel Guilty - Go Global, says PBS)

    06/08/2002 5:16:32 PM PDT · by LurkedLongEnough · 27 replies · 414+ views
    PBS - "Affluenza" Teaching Guide ^ | Ongoing | Elizabeth Brock (KCTS)
    "Overview: Students will learn about how the world's resources are distributed among the world's people. Teachers might want to do this activity before viewing the video. "Materials: TV/VCR, popcorn with butter and salt, plain popcorn, some half-burned kernels, unpopped popcorn, soda pop, iced tea (decaffeinated recommended), water, cups and napkins. A video of people eating (Babette's Feast? Like Water for Chocolate?) "The gap between rich and poor Americans is now the widest of any industrial nation. "One-fifth of the world's population lives in dire poverty, slowly dying of hunger and disease. Millions of others desperately need more material goods. Yet,...