NEW YORK — PBS moved to inoculate itself Tuesday against charges that the taxpayer-funded service had a liberal slant, updating its editorial standards and announcing plans to hire an ombudsman.
The moves come amid ongoing friction between the Public Broadcasting Service and Republican leaders of the private Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which distributes federal funds to PBS stations.
CPB Chairman Kenneth Tomlinson has recently led a charge to add more conservative programming on PBS, saying that the service has a liberal reputation.
Though PBS had contemplated the creation of an ombudsman's position for more than six months, its decision comes after the CPB appointed two ombudsmen this spring to evaluate public television and radio content. Those hires caught PBS officials off guard.