Parting (cannon) shot at WNET

Wow. Just wow. When WNET’s Sam Toperoff retires, he really retires. Something tells me CEO Shapiro is pissed. A brief excerpt of Toperoff’s full goodbye¬†letter: On my commutes to work on the E and F lines and occasionally on the Number 7 train, I’d ask people if they watched PBS. Almost no one does. They…

When a PBS journalist attacks

NOTE: Updates added at the bottom of the post. Late last week the host of a major PBS program took aim, in a pseudo-blog-post, at NYU journalism professor and innovator Jay Rosen because Rosen said he didn’t like that hosts’s program — a weekly talking-heads affair based out of Washington, DC. I won’t link to…

Shales on 'Need to Know': Blech!

A couple days ago TV critic Tom Shales participated in an online chat with Washington Post readers in which he bantered about the Betty White appearance on Saturday Night Live last week and other topics. In the mix he took a few questions about the new PBS program Need to Know (produced by WNET), including…

Headed to CPB. Headed for community?

I’m headed to the CPB today for an all-day meeting tomorrow (Thu, Apr 15) at the mother ship, hosted and arranged by Rob Bole (aka @rbole). Up for discussion amongst a small group of public media tech types? Collaboration and community, or at least that’s what I’m expecting. Many of you can probably list conference…

A PBS revolution in the making?

A new blog and Twitter feed has appeared. And no, I’m not writing it. Called Revolution PBS and @RevolutionPBS on Twitter, the writing so far calls for a radical reorganization of the broadcast assets of PBS at both the network and station levels, building a national program feed and elimination of much, if not all,…