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PBS Programming Chief Sylvia Bugg Talks About New Role

A month into her new role as PBS chief programming executive and GM of general audience programming, Sylvia Bugg sat down with Variety to share her experiences and her vision for the future.

Rhode Island PBS Adds News Show

As the footprint of legacy news outlets shrinks, the latest example of public media stepping in with news and public affairs programming is Rhode Island PBS. The new show, “Rhode Island PBS Weekly,” will fill the 7 p.m. slot, The Boston Globe reports.

PBS Public Editor’s Take:

While the Northeast Corridor may not look like a news desert (see ‘News Deserts’ below) the evolution of public media into the news space is a welcome overall trend.

Yamiche Alcindor Awarded NABJ ‘Journalist of the Year’

The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) awarded PBS NewsHour White House correspondent Yamiche Alcindor, its 2020 “Journalist of the Year” honor, reports Essence.

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. ...