Dec 8, 2003

Independent Lens is crafting an interactive version of its documentary series for the American Film Institute's Enhanced TV Workshop, reports the New York Times. Interactive TV could "attract additional tech-savvy viewers who are hungry for more information, and don't like to be passive when they watch," says Lois Vossen, a producer with ITVS.
Examine WAMU's budget and "there are no thousand-dollar designer trash cans lurking in the numbers, no junkets to Caribbean islands, nothing that smacks of illegality or unethical spending," reports the Washington Post. Instead the numbers reveal how an ambitious strategic plan failed to produce the results station leaders had hoped for.
German public television is defending two of its cultural channels from politicians' proposal that they be merged to save money, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reported. Public TV is seeking to increase the tax on TV sets 6 percent to 17 euros ($21) a month.
Some Vermonters want their state public radio network to carry Democracy Now!, but the network's president says the show won't air because of its brand of advocacy journalism, reports the Rutland Herald. Other public radio managers say their listeners have been spearheading similar campaigns.
Virginia and the District of Columbia have begun to compete for the site of PBS headquarters, the Washington Business Journal reported. PBS's lease in Alexandria, Va., expires in 2006.