Jan 10, 2007
Live from Las Vegas! PubTV programmers Keith York and Garry Denny are blogging about their adventures at the International Consumer Electronics Show. The blog, a new service of Public Television Programmers' Association, aims to help station programmers learn what's happening at major conferences dealing with media technologies and programming.
Posted by Karen at 3:04 PM
A traditional newspaper is far more stylish than a laptop, Garrison Keillor writes in this Salon piece. "A man at a laptop is a man at a desk, a stiff, a drone," he says. "A newspaper reader, by comparison, is a swordsman, a wrangler, a private eye." Here he outlines rules for reading papers with the proper amount of savoir faire.
Posted by Jeremy Egner at 1:49 PM
KCET has received its biggest-ever underwriting grant: $15 million to go national with its twin Peabody-winning parenting/caregiving programs A Place of Our Own and Los Niños en Su Casa. The donors: BP America and the BP Foundation. BP previously donated $10 million to launch the series in California. CPB will give $3.8 million for the national launch and the First 5 California Commission will contribute $6 million. Earlier Current feature on the programs.
Posted by Steve at 12:53 PM
APTS will be part of a coalition of broadcasting, retail and social interest groups, led by the National Association of Broadcasters, that is mounting a two-year campaign to educate consumers about the 2009 analog TV shut-off, The Hill reports.
Posted by Jeremy Egner at 12:04 PM
Open Media Network, the online non-commercial content portal featuring lots of pubcaster programs, is optimizing its video for larger screens, it announced at this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. OMN content is viewable at qualities suitable for TV screens via broadband-equipped sets such as HP's MediaSmart LCD TV, or TiVo DVRs.
Posted by Jeremy Egner at 11:40 AM
Kenneth Tomlinson, ousted former chair of the CPB Board, asked President Bush not to renominate him to the Broadcasting Board of Governors, the federal agency that oversees Voice of America and other international media efforts, the Washington Post reports. Last fall a State Department probe found Tomlinson worked on his horse-racing business from his government office and improperly hired a friend, among other missteps. Despite the allegations, President Bush renominated him to the board in November but few expected the new Democratic majority in Congress to confirm him. Tomlinson, who will serve on the BBG until a replacement is named, is going to write a book about his experiences.
Posted by Jeremy Egner at 11:07 AM