Aug 30, 2011

PBS ombudsman hears from viewers on diversity and Moyers

PBS viewers writing to ombudsman Michael Getler want more diversity ("I am tired of giving money to a station that simply refuses to represent any race except for the white race") and Bill Moyers ("How interesting that you have room for endless showings of Antique Roadshow ... but no time slot for Bill Moyers!") on the air.

WXPR to move to downtown studios next year

WXPR-FM in Rhinelander, Wisc., is moving into a new building next year, it announced Monday (Aug. 29), joining a growing trend of pubcasting stations shifting to downtown locations. A capital campaign, "Hear the Future," raised more than $400,000, and two local businessmen are donating 75 percent of the building cost. There'll be space for four studios — a longtime station goal — and a new community features editor. The building has a news history: It used to house the Rhinelander Daily News. WXPR Station Manager Mick Fiocchi says the goal is to start remodeling "after the first of the year."

CCTV from China coming to D.C. area via MHz Networks

MHz Networks is adding two English-language channels from China to its lineup in the Washington, D.C., metro area starting Oct. 1. CCTV News carries headlines, business, money and travel; CCTV Documentary runs cultural, historical, nature docs and more. "The addition of CCTV programming in D.C. opens a full-time window into China for all the residents of the region through free over-the-air and cable TV distribution," said Fred Thomas, MHz c.e.o, in a press release.