Apr 1, 2005

Another PBS Friday night show will sunset in June — Tucker Carlson: Unfiltered. Producing station WETA in Washington cited Carlson's relocation to MSNBC, where he soon will host a nightly program, as the reason for the PBS show's demise. But, during its year on the air, Unfiltered didn't secure an underwriter. The Washington Post speculates on whether Carlson will drop his "conservative cliche" bow-tie for his new MSNBC gig (scroll down to second item).
Houston's KUHT decided not to affiliate with the new digital cable service in which PBS holds an ownership stake. Advertising on the yet-to-be named service for preschoolers violates the noncommercial safe haven that KUHT provides for local audiences, John Hesse, station manager, tells the New York Times.
Tonight's episode of Now, says the Washington Times, is "a heartbreaking half-hour, albeit one that could restore your faith in the ability of television -- or at least PBS' corner of it -- to tell stories that matter."