It’s An Honor To Be Nominated

Once again, PBS rakes in a slew of award nominations. This time, it’s the 39th Annual News & Documentary Emmy® Awards where the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences honored the Public Broadcasting Service with 44 nominations, the most earned by any organization. In addition, NATAS is recognizing Paula S. Apsell, Senior Executive Director of NOVA, for her many years of science broadcasting excellence with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Here’s the full list of PBS nominations:



Outstanding Science and Technology Documentary

Outstanding Lighting Direction and Scenic Design


FRONTLINE “Abacus: Small Enough to Jail”

Outstanding Business and Economic Documentary Continue reading


Monday Montage

What’s happening, what’s on and what’s interesting this week …

Explore the life of North Carolina’s own John Coltrane, an outside-the-box thinker whose boundary-shattering music continues to impact and influence people around the world. Tune in as INDEPENDENT LENS present CHASING TRANE – Wednesday night at 8 on the North Carolina Channel.

You may have heard that Stephen Hawking was interred last week in Westminster Abbey. But did you know Benedict Cumberbatch gave a reading at the service? The SHERLOCK star played Hawking in 2004 television movie. Continue reading

PBS Wins Again!

The Telly Awards celebrate excellence in video and television across all screens. In a world where how we watch what we watch is constantly evolving and blurring lines as quickly as technology develops, that succinct explanation is very cool. However, the coolest thing about this year’s Telly Awards is that PBS won 22 of them!

The winners of the 39th Annual Telly Awards were announced on May 22nd. Here’s a list of the PBS-related programs and media that were honored…



General Documentary: Individual




General Documentary: Individual Continue reading

And The Award Goes To…

It’s no secret that public broadcasting has some pretty high quality programming. And, quite often, the shows that you see on UNC-TV earn not only critical praise but actual bona fide awards from serious award sources! So if you’ll indulge me – here are a few recent accolades tossed in the direction of public television.

The James Beard Media Awards are given annually by the James Beard Foundation and are the highest honor for food and beverage professionals working in North America. The 2018 James Beard Media Awards were announced on Friday, April 27, and PBS and member station programs were awarded three Broadcast Media Awards in the following categories:.

Special (on TV or Web) – Lidia Celebrates America: Homegrown Heroes

Television Segment – PBS NewsHour

Outstanding Personality/Host – Pati Jinich, Pati’s Mexican Table Continue reading

Monday Montage

What’s happening, what’s on and what’s interesting this week …

Dolores Huerta tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice alongside Cesar Chavez, becoming one of the most defiant – and unheralded – feminist activists of the 20th century. Meet Dolores on INDEPENDENT LENS – Tuesday at 9pm on UNC-TV.

Kenneth Branagh has begun production on his next film called Artemis Fowl (based on the Eoin Colfer books). The movie will feature Dame Judi Dench as “the steely leader of the fairy police force.” I’ve no idea what that means but my interest is definitely piqued. Continue reading

Monday Montage

What’s happening, what’s on and what’s interesting this week …

INDEPENDENT LENS presents Raoul Peck’s Academy Award-nominated documentary inspired by James Baldwin’s unfinished manuscript, Remember This House. Samuel L. Jackson narrates I Am Not Your Negro – tonight at 9 on UNC-TV and encoring Wednesday at 8pm on the North Carolina Channel.

The second season of Victoria has just started but Jenna Coleman is already eyeing her next role: Coleman will star as a mother whose baby is abducted on a new BBC drama called The Cry. Continue reading

Congrats, PBS!

Winners of the 38th Annual News and Documentary Emmy® Awards were announced October 6 and awards were presented at a ceremony at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall in New York City. PBS programs were honored with 12 News & Documentary Emmy® Awards, more than any other organization (Frontline and Independent Lens garnered four each). Congratulations to all the winners! Continue reading