Jun 18, 2010

KCTS seeks relationship with incoming neighbor, Gates Foundation

Today, Seattle's concludes its two-part story on KCTS and its CEO, Moss Bresnahan. He's hoping the station can work together with a new neighbor, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, whose headquarters is going up across from KCTS. "We’ve talked to them about the fact that they’re going to be our new neighbors . . . and how can we make good use of this proximity," Bresnahan said. "They’ll be bringing in world leaders of all kinds, and so are there ways that we could take advantage of that in terms of programming,” perhaps supplying guests for the station's Conversations program, or producing shows on foundation initatives.

Don't forget about risk, Rob Bole advises

Pubcasting thought leader Rob Bole writes on his Public Purpose Media blog that public service media no longer has an innovation problem. However, "What we have is a risk problem. As a group, an industry, a system . . . we are not properly arming ourselves with the necessary enterprise skills, tools and perspective to make our efforts sustainable." Pubmedia folks must realize that "inherent in the act of innovation is a risk assessment and acquiring the necessary skills to manage it." As one commenter noted, "Provocative post, as always."

Viewers get a season-kickoff Tweetfest with History Detectives team

History Detectives launches its eighth season Monday (June 21) with a live Tweetfest. Viewers get to chat with the show's investigative team while watching the broadcast, which attempts to answer questions including: Is Andy Warhol's art on the moon? (Spoiler alert! Answer here.) Use hashtag #histdet_pbs, or check out the show's custom TweetGrid. The team will be online for two back-to-back sessions so viewers across the country may participate.