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Public Broadcasting in the News

A Rundown of Public Media Promotions, Staff Changes

Kathryn Washington was named vice president of television programming at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Current reports in a rundown of staffing changes at CPB and public broadcasters around the nation.

PBS Programming Chief To Exit

Perry Simon, PBS chief programming executive for two years, will leave the public broadcaster this summer, RealScreen reports.

Arkansas PBS Gets $5.8M CARES Act Award to Boost State Toward Universal TV Coverage

The Arkansas steering committee for the CARES Act, the stimulus legislation passed by Congress to help with the financial fallout of the Coronavirus pandemic, recommended a $5.8 million award for Arkansas PBS to help the state achieve near universal public television broadcast coverage, Log Cabin Democrat reported July 18.

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. ...