May 2, 2008

Getler: Moyers soft on Rev. Wright

In his latest column, PBS Ombudsman Michael Getler takes note of some positive aspects of Bill Moyers' interview with the Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr., but goes on to say, "...I do feel that there were not enough questions asked and some that were asked came across as too reserved and too soft, considering the volatility of the charges." Viewers shared some stronger words with Getler.

Rehm's show to remain a pubradio fixture

Talk shot host Diane Rehm tells a Michigan TV station that she expects to continue hosting her show for at least another five years. “[A]s long as my voice holds out, I’ll be there,” she says. (Via the PRPD blog.)

PBS news duo to receive Cronkite Award

Jim Lehrer and Robert MacNeil have been chosen to receive this year’s Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism, reports the Arizona Republic. The award is bestowed by the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

British press weighs in on Beeb-WLIW split

“The idea that we don’t see our future intertwined with public television and radio is absolutely not true,” says Michele Grant, the executive vice-president for news and sport at BBC Worldwide America, in a Guardian article about the British broadcaster’s loss of the U.S. distribution deal for its nighty news program via New York’s WLIW. The Guardian reports that the deal “broke down partly because the US channel wanted to combine BBC content with US content to produce a tailored programme for US viewers.” A Guardian blogger also weighs in with a commentary.