Jan 14, 2010

NPR reports to appear on PBS pubaffairs web site, Kerger says at press tour

PBS President Paula Kerger said NPR news content will be included on the upcoming pubaffairs website, according to insiders at the Television Critics Association winter press tour in Pasadena, Calif. (Kerger speaking at the conference, right.) She said the site also will compile reporting from PBS news series including Frontline, NewsHour and the new Need to Know weekly series from WNET. That content, along with NPR stories, will provide viewers and web users with a central place to go for news of the day, Kerger told critics. The Washington Post reports that Kerger also explained that PBS's subscription to more detailed Nielsen ratings is not for making decisions based on those numbers but to help funders determine the number of viewers they're reaching. More big news announced at the tour: Visitors viewed more than 87.5 million video streams across the PBS Kids sites last month, putting it on track to become one of the most popular video sites in the world, according to a statement. Jason Seiken, PBS's s.v.p., interactive said, when the team saw the first week's numbers, "our jaws dropped."

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