Aug 27, 2007

PBS Ombudsman on Moyers...Again

Bill Moyers is again the topic of PBS ombudsman Michael Getler's column. Getler addresses Moyers' farewell to Karl Rove on Aug. 17 and says he's less concerned with the "editorializing" than the reporting. The "reports" in Moyers' following line lacked attribution, says Getler: "At [Rove's] press conference this week he asked God to bless the president and the country, even as reports were circulating that he himself had confessed to friends his own agnosticism."

Crossroads documentary on anti-Americanism debuts tonight

The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal review The Anti-Americans (a love-hate relationship), a PBS documentary debuting tonight. The film is the latest installment of the CPB-backed America at a Crossroads initiative. Filmmakers Louis Alvarez, Andy Kolker and Peter Odabashian will be appearing today on WNYC's Leonard Lopate Show and Tucker Carlson's MSNBC series.

The War controversy opens doors for Latinos at PBS

"Call it a guilt trip or a cultural awakening, but some Latino filmmakers feel that the controversy over Ken Burns' upcoming World War II documentary has unexpectedly opened doors for their work at PBS," reports the AP. Before The War's premiere on Sept. 23, PBS has scheduled to air five programs featuring Latinos. The program about marketing to (and representing) Latinos-- Brown Is the New Green: George Lopez and the American Dream (Sept. 12)--lines up with PBS's educational goals: "To a certain degree, Brown Is the New Green feels like a primer on Latino society for older white Americans — a big part of PBS' audience."

Vincent goes out swinging at KUOW

Program changes and compensation disputes at Seattle NPR news station KUOW prompted longtime host and engineer Ken Vincent to abruptly quit his job and go public with a litany of grievances over work conditions, as reported by The Stranger, a Seattle alt weekly, and the Seattle Times. Vincent and other employees object to the clipped on-air delivery style that Program Director Jeff Hansen has asked all on-air staff to adopt; Vincent describes the style change as "dumbing down the on-air sound." Turmoil among the KUOW air staff began amid rumors of big bonuses for management and a projected $2.5 million end of year surplus, according to Blatherwatch, a Seattle radio blog that interviewed former KUOW morning host Deborah Brandt about why she resigned early this year.