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.
July 13, 2007 |
After a year on the hot seat as president and chief executive of the Public Broadcasting Service, Paula Kerger admitted this week that she was "still trembling" as she answered questions from reporters and critics. She had this to say about the network's most controversial issues: * Ken Burns' much-anticipated 14- or 15-hour (or 14 1/2 -hour) documentary, "The War," is still being edited, but it will have three new stories from the Latino and Native American perspectives woven through it.
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.
October 22, 2010 |
In 2004, KCET-TV, the PBS affiliate in Los Angeles, enjoyed what seemed like a stroke of unimaginable good fortune. Like most public television stations, KCET struggled for funding, but in that year it began raking in generous grants for preschool programming that would eventually total $50 million. The gifts were the largest in the station's history, and the programs, "A Place of Our Own" and its Spanish-language companion, "Los Ninos en Su Casa," went on to win Peabody and local Emmy awards and later aired on PBS stations nationwide.