Jun 28, 2006

Om-buddies? Not really.

"Comments continue to drift in about the PBS program on the Armenian genocide," CPB ombudsman Ken Bode writes in his latest column, which features remarks from several of his readers on the issue. One commenter: Michael Getler, public TV's other ombudsman, who took exception to the way Bode, in his initial column on the matter, characterized the PBS monitor's comments on The Armenian Genocide controversy. Replied Bode: "I am happy to have Mr. Getler state clearly, as I thought he did not in his original posting, his opinion that the events in Turkey, did indeed deserve to be considered as genocide. Anyway, I think that is what he is saying."

WNET eyes capital campaign to finance its expansion

With the election of financier James Tisch as chairman of Educational Broadcasting Corporation -- and Paula Kerger's recent departure as executive v.p. of its flagship New York station -- the pubTV licensee with a $100 million endowment is contemplating another major capital campaign, reports the New York Times. "In order for us to be what we need to be, we've got to have at least twice what we have in endowment," says WNET President Bill Baker.

Douridas charged for cocaine possession

Chris Douridas, a deejay at KCRW-FM in Santa Monica, Calif., was charged yesterday with one count of cocaine possession, reports the Los Angeles Times. Douridas had been booked for poisoning and kidnapping as well, but the Los Angeles district attorney's office was unable to support those charges. If found guilty of possession, Douridas could face three years in prison and fines of up to $10,000.