The NEWSHOUR is PBS’ premier news program, airing seven nights a week on over 350 member stations. It has the distinction of being the country’s first hour-long nightly broadcast of national news, having expanded from 30 to 60 minutes in 1983. Over the decades, the title has changed and updated to reflect the arrival (and sometimes departure) of anchors. Currently, Judy Woodruff sits in the anchor chair on weeknights with Hari Sreenivasan as PBS NEWSHOUR WEEKEND anchor.
The show began in 1975 after Jim Lehrer joined forces with Robert MacNeil to cover the Watergate hearings. According to the NEWSHOUR website: “The team earned an Emmy Award and initiated one of the most respected journalistic partnerships in television history.” Shortly thereafter, WNET debuted a half-hour weeknightly news program and that show went national just a few months later. The NEWSHOUR has continued to this day and remains committed to serious journalism, on-air and online.
So what was the original title of the PBS NEWSHOUR when it debuted nearly 45 years ago?Continue reading →
Tomorrow is the 50th anniversary of Fred Rogers’ historic and legendary appearance before the United States Senate Subcommittee on Communications to challenge proposed cuts for public broadcasting. If you haven’t seen it, you owe it to yourself. If you have seen it, please take a few minutes to renew your connection to this amazing man and what may possibly be the only real and valuable moment on Capitol Hill in the past five decades.
Earlier this month, winners of the 78th Annual Peabody Awards were announced. Unsurprisingly, PBS programs were winners in several categories. The Peabody Awards honor the most compelling and empowering stories released in broadcasting and digital media. Congratulations to all the deserving Peabody recipients!
Found this little badge in the breakroom a while back. My guess is, if you’ve volunteered for UNC-TV during an on-air fundraiser, you may have received one of these or something like it. We always appreciate our volunteers and try to let them know it whenever we can.
A few years back, PBS started these annual events related to seasonal happenings and such shows are presented live in prime time. BIG BLUE LIVE debuted in 2015 and focused on the annual migration of sea life in Monterey Bay. WILD ALASKA LIVE premiered in 2017 and featured the Kratt Brothers experiencing the wildlife of the Last Frontier. This year, NATURE is presenting the three-night showcase AMERICAN SPRING LIVE. Airing over three nights, AMERICAN SPRING LIVE gives you a front row seat to the season of renewal and rebirth. The standup promotional banner below has been in our lobby for a few weeks now to promote this fantastic live event.