Sep 11, 2010

Rolling Stone magazine calls Frontline's Lyman "The Voice"

Frontline's authoritative baritone, that uber-narrator Will Lyman, is one of Rolling Stone magazine's "Best Characters and Most Memorable Scene-Stealers" for the fall TV season. Rolling Stone dubbed him "The Voice." As Frontline Executive Producer David Fanning told the mag, "Will Lyman could read the phone book and make it feel like it's important to the country." Other honorees include Leopold "Butters" Scotch from South Park and the awkward teenage vampire Jessica on True Blood.

Kentucky network lays off 13 staffers

Kentucky Educational Television last week (Sept. 9) laid off 13 employees, the Lexington Herald-Leader is reporting. Network spokesperson Tim Bischoff declined to identify the employees. The paper said KET's full-time staff is now 152, down from 223 during fiscal 2008. "That's clearly left some voids in very critical positions," he said. Bischoff noted that KET operating revenue has declined from from $27.8 million in fiscal 2008 to a projected $23 million for fiscal 2011. In that same time, state general funds to KET have fallen from $15 million to $12 million.