Jan 15, 2007

For PBS stars, it can be a life's work

Bill Moyers, 72, resumes weekly appearances on PBS with a new Friday-night version of Bill Moyers' Journal in April, he announced at the Television Critics Association press tour on Saturday, the New York Times reported. And Ken Burns will produce for PBS at least until 2022, when he'll be 68. Critics objected that PBS hurt publicity for Burns' WWII series by scheduling it amid the commercial networks' fall premieres in September, the Los Angeles Times said.

Carlson Sr. comes to Libby's defense

Former CPB President Richard Carlson helped raise a $3 million defense fund for I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, the former aide to Vice President Cheney who was indicted in the Valerie Plame leak case, reported. After Libby's indictment, ex-State Department official Richard Armitage admitted that he was the primary source for columnist Robert Novak's 2003 column.

KTOO launches new services

KTOO in Juneau, Alaska, launched three distinct programming streams Friday, one news and two music, making use of two newly acquired FM signals. "If we underestimated anything, it was how complex running these three radio stations would be in the midst of other technological challenges," President Bill Legere told the Juneau Empire.

Half of Peabodys go to pubcast programs

Programs on public TV and radio received seven of the 14 duPont-Columbia Awards announced Saturday. Winners include Martin Scorsese's Dylan bio on American Masters; Brook Lapping Productions' Israel and the Arabs; the WGBH Cape and Island stations' doc on Cape Cod poverty; Frontline's The Age of AIDS; Lisa Sleeth and Jim Butteworth's Seoul Train on Independent Lens; public TV's California Connected; and NPR's Iraq coverage.

Indiana pubradio net buys station

Northeast Indiana Public Radio in Fort Wayne plans to pay a commercial broadcaster $1.75 million for an FM channel on which it will air classical music, reports the Fort Wayne Daily News. "This will be a place that finally gives a greater voice to the fine arts in Fort Wayne," said Bruce Haines, g.m.