Jul 29, 2010

Dish Network finally inks pubcasting deal, just not with APTS

After the Association of Public Television Stations spent several years trying to get the satellite provider Dish Network to sign a carriage deal for HD noncoms, Dish finally has done so. But not with APTS. Broadcasting & Cable is reporting that Dish has struck an independent HD carriage agreement with at least 30 "geographically diverse" pubcasting stations.

New York's Thirteen to auction equipment as it prepares to depart building

More than 400 items from the offices and studios of WNET/Thirteen in New York are being auctioned off Aug. 3. The station soon will move to new digs but doesn't yet know where, according to Crain's New York Business. It's sub-leasing to Gay Men's Health Crisis starting in October.

Pittston, Pa., pubradio nearing return to the airwaves

WVIA-FM 89.9 in Pittston, Pa., will return to the air Aug. 3 after a $2 million fire five months ago completely destroyed its transmission facilities, the station said in a statement today (July 29). The fire began while electricians who were working on the building on Penobscot Mountain accidentally set the ceiling ablaze. Many listeners have been affected, the statement says, "from difficulty with a signal that is spotty and barely satisfactory, to the complete absence of WVIA-FM in several areas that once received it." The station has been operating out of a trailer next to the site.

International Sesame Streets now on demand through Amazon

For the first time, fans can watch individual episodes of Sesame Street's international productions via Amazon Video On Demand. Included are co-productions from Bangladesh, Brazil, Indonesia, Israel, Jordan, Kosovo, Palestine, Russia, South Africa, Northern Ireland, India and Egypt, the Sesame Workshop said in a statement July 29. (Image: Sesame Workshop)

MHz develops social networking/learning site for the digital media industry

Indie pubcasting network MHz is partnering with IDMAonline on a new website that offers a "social learning network specifically for the digital media industry," the two announced in a statement Monday (July 26). Site members have access to the Commons, to meet with colleagues and ask and answer questions. What makes the site unique, the two said in the statement, is the "live online" professional training in the digital media arts: multimedia, filmmaking, animation and photography. There are full certificate programs and mentorship initiatives where students can focus on a specific topic. MHz Worldview, MHz Networks' flagship channel, brings international programs to audiences though cable, satellite and online affiliates. It provides the Washington, D.C., area with 10 local broadcast channels in more than 20 different languages, with studios in Falls Church, Va., and at Washington, D.C.'s Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center.

Lehrer came into Emanuel interview with "pre-conceived notions": CPB ombudsman

CPB Ombudsman Ken Bode faults PBS NewsHour's Jim Lehrer for "an opportunity lost and a lesson in what can happen when an interview is constructed on the basis of pre-conceived notions." In Bode's latest report, he's reacting to a viewer's complaints that Lehrer "has increasingly lost his impartiality," particularly in an interview with White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel. "It seemed designed to build a narrative that President Obama has slow political reflexes and is disengaged from key decisions of his administration," Bode said of the July 7 interview. "Mr. Emanuel convinced this viewer otherwise."