Aug 21, 2007

WGBH and AARP to partner

Boston's WGBH and AARP Publications will partner to produce TV shows designed for viewers 50 and older, reports Broadcasting & Cable. The multiyear partnership will begin with “Caring for Your Parents,” a special that will be offered to public TV stations next spring.

MPT's V-me launch won't reach many Latino residents

Maryland Public Television's cable launch yesterday of V-me, the digital Spanish-language channel, didn't include areas with the state's largest Hispanic populations, reports the Washington Post. Apparently Comcast hasn't yet committed to a start date for carriage in Montgomery and Prince George's counties, and MPT officials say it could be as late as February 2009--the same time TV broadcasting goes all-digital. Maryland's Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown (D) called on the public to pressure Comcast. The company says it has "no imminent plans" to carry V-me in the two counties.

Talent Quest blows off Windy City contestants

Two Chicagoans, Chuck Mertz and Anne Glickman, were eliminated from Public Radio Talent Quest, the online contest for future pubradio hosts. Still in the game: April Baer, Chris de Ville, Al Letson, Glynn Washington and People's Choice favorite Rebecca Watson.