October 4, 2012 |
When Mitt Romney vowed to cut government funding for the Public Broadcasting Service during Wednesday night's presidential debate, network chief Paula Kerger says she “just about fell off the sofa” out of shock. Romney's remarks - and in particular his decision to single out the beloved Big Bird -- sparked an immediate uproar on social media . And on Thursday, PBS issued an unusually strongly worded statement in response to the attack. “Governor Romney does not understand the value the American people place on public broadcasting and the outstanding return on investment the system delivers to our nation,” it read.
July 27, 2006 |
PBS President Paula Kerger said Wednesday that she agreed with the decision by the PBS Kids Sprout network to fire the host of a children's program who had appeared in videos that mocked public service announcements touting sexual abstinence.
July 21, 2012 |
At the Television Critics Assn. press tour in Pasadena on Saturday, PBS President Paula Kerger addressed the decision to fire Fred Willard from the new show “Market Warriors” after his indecency arrest in Los Angeles last week. “We realized we needed to work fast because we are taping now,” she said, noting that PBS didn't want Willard to “become a distraction.” “We talked to [Willard], and decided what we would do was bring in Mark Wahlberg,” host of “Antiques Roadshow,” the long-running PBS series for which “Market Warriors” was intended as a kind of companion. The new series will premiere on Monday with Wahlberg's voice in the place of Willard's.
January 14, 2013
The chief of PBS has a message for "Downton Abbey" fans: I'm not trying to make your life miserable with spoilers. "We're not punishing our viewers," PBS President and Chief Executive Paula Kerger reassured reporters Monday morning at the Television Critics Assn. TV press tour in Pasadena. The problem is that PBS runs episodes of the smash British costume drama weeks after they have aired in the U.K. That means that American fans often find spoilers online that prematurely reveal important plot twists.
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July 3, 2006 |
George Page, 71, creator and host of the long-running PBS series "Nature," died Wednesday from cancer at his home in Equinunk, Pa. "Nature" debuted in 1982 and has consistently been one of public television's highest-rated shows. The Emmy and Peabody Award-winning series will begin its 25th season this fall. Page narrated every episode of "Nature," nearly 300 overall, until retiring from television because of illness in 1998.
January 15, 2007 |
PBS has awarded documentary filmmaker Ken Burns an unprecedented 15-year contract to continue providing public television stations with his signature films on American history. "What that represents is an extraordinary commitment from Ken that signals he plans to spend the rest of his professional life working with public television," said PBS President and Chief Executive Paula Kerger in an announcement Saturday to the semiannual gathering of the Television Critics Assn. in Pasadena.