May 15, 2007
In a statement describing his role as a transitory leader for Pacifica, Executive Director Greg Guma writes about his achievements after two years in the job. [Via Rolas de Aztlan.] "I have tried to raise some fundamental questions--for example, the question of whether Pacific’s current governance structure is sustainable or even wise--while simultaneously avoiding actions that would produce debilitating resistance," Guma writes.
Posted by Karen at 11:32 AM
So says Broadcasting & Cable blogger John Eggerton, who weighs in on PBS's recent experience catching heat from both the left and the right and worries that the network may be setting a "poor precedent for independence" in the dispute over Ken Burns' The War: "PBS should clearly reflect the various, competing, voices of the public it serves, but it should not give undue weight or give into political pressure from either side." For a different take, see this column from Ruben Navarrette Jr., who thinks Burns was right to give in to pressure by Hispanic activists.
Posted by Jeremy Egner at 10:36 AM
WGBH President Henry Becton took the Boston Globe for a tour of the station's prominent new building last week, and the newspaper responded in an editorial on Sunday: "The complex will become a visual landmark to match the importance of WGBH as a cultural institution." Notable besides the outdoor electronic mural: a 210-seat theater with access for people with limited sight and hearing; widened sidewalks so that pedestrians can watch radio broadcasts from the windows without disrupting foot traffic; and (reportedly) attentive liaison with the community. Current looked at plans for new headquarters for WGBH and Minnesota Public Radio.
Posted by Steve at 10:33 AM