Jan 6, 2012

Moyers prepares for new show, and website

Since Bill Moyers' new Moyers & Company isn't going to be distributed by PBS, he'll have his own independent website and “we don’t have to worry about somebody at PBS losing sleep over the fact that David Stockman says the Republicans have lost their minds on taxes,” the veteran newsman tells the New York Times. His latest program premieres Jan. 13, as public-affairs shows on public TV are waning, the paper notes. However, Moyers pointed out, PBS recently announced a companion to Antiques Roadshow just after the Census Bureau revealed the number of people living in poverty had risen to more than 46 million. “I love Antiques Roadshow," Moyers said. "But it is just symbolic of how we’re not connected viscerally to the state of the American people right now.”

Tony Bennett provides big finale for PBS Winter Press Tour previews

PBS wrapped up its two-day Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour in Pasadena, Calif., on a high note — a performance by legendary vocalist Tony Bennett. Great Performances will premiere his "Tony Bennett: Duets II" on Jan. 27. More press tour coverage in the Jan. 17 issue of Current. (Image: PBS/Rahoul Ghose)