Aug 7, 2006

Multi-station public radio investment fund to be announced

The Ford Foundation, the Calvert Foundation and Public Radio Capital will announce Wednesday a multi-station public radio investment fund for individuals and institutions. The groups will discuss the fund in a news conference, with audio online by Wednesday evening. We'll provide details after the announcement.

Parents direct ire over host's firing at PBS

Parents and PBS Ombudsman Michael Getler react to the decision by PBS Kids Sprout to fire Melanie Martinez as host of The Good Night Show. Seven years ago, Martinez appeared in spoofy PSAs as a "technical virgin." After the videos reappeared on the Internet, PBS Kids Sprout management decided that the performance was inappropriate for a children's TV show host, fired Martinez and pulled the interstitials in which she appeared. The New York Times reported on the backlash from viewers.