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Public Broadcasting in the News

PBS Names Chief Programming Exec for General Audiences

PBS has elevated Sylvia Bugg to chief programming executive and GM, general audience programming. She will oversee all non-children’s content and lead PBS’s programming strategy across its broadcast and digital platforms, reports RealScreen.

Media Veteran Looks at PBS Past and Future

Veteran journalist and former NPR Public Editor Elizabeth Jensen provides a thought-provoking perspective in The New York Times on the origin story of PBS, now marking its 50th year, and what the future might hold for the Service.

CPB Board Reelects Chair, Chicago Public Media Gets Interim CEO

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting board reelected Bruce Ramer as chair and elected Laura Ross vice chair, Current Newspaper reports. Other changes include Chicago Public Media’s board naming Matt Moog interim CEO.

PBS President Honors Service’s 50th by Looking to the Future

Listen to KJZZ/Fronteras journalist Lauren Gilger interview PBS President and CEO Paula Kerger on the public broadcaster’s 50th Anniversary.

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. ...