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ENTERTAINMENT
May 25, 2005 | Matea Gold, Times Staff Writer
PBS President Pat Mitchell maintained Tuesday that the taxpayer-supported network is independent and free of political bias, rejecting Republican arguments that there is a need for more conservative programming to balance the content of public television. In her first public response to criticism that PBS suffers from a liberal reputation, Mitchell cited public polls that have repeatedly found that a majority of Americans view the network as objective and fair.
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ENTERTAINMENT
November 20, 1990 | DIANE HAITHMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The long-running children's series "Wonderworks" and "Newton's Apple" have failed to receive PBS funding for fiscal year 1991, meaning they will leave the noncommercial network in December, 1991.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 14, 2009 | Christopher Reynolds
Winter D. Horton Jr., a broadcasting pioneer who co-founded KCET in Los Angeles, helped shape the nation's public television programming in the 1960s and later was appointed to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting's Board of Directors, died of natural causes Thursday in Pasadena. He was 80. Born June 2, 1929, in San Gabriel and educated at the Midland School in Los Olivos and Pomona College in Claremont, Horton got his first taste of show business at 19, as a gofer for his uncle, stage and screen actor Edward Everett Horton.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 6, 2001 | ELIZABETH JENSEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With the slowing economy affecting corporate underwriting, the Public Broadcasting Service trimmed its staff by more than 10%, or about 59 positions, its second round of cost-cutting in the past year. The cuts, to be made through a combination of 27 layoffs and the rest in unfilled positions, follow a 9% staffing reduction, or 60 positions, in March, and will bring PBS' total number of employees to just over 500.
NEWS
June 8, 2006 | Matea Gold, Times Staff Writer
PUBLIC television and radio broadcasters are preparing themselves for another difficult budget season after a key House Appropriations subcommittee voted Wednesday to cut $115 million from station operations, system upgrades and grants for children's programs such as "Reading Rainbow" and "Sesame Street."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 18, 1995
After months of maneuvering, the short-run fate of public broadcasting should be clearer Thursday. The House Appropriations Committee will vote then on funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and the outlook for the agency is better than at any other time this year. That is thanks to John Porter, an Illinois Republican, and Californian Frank Riggs, a Republican from Ukiah. In subcommittee action they bucked GOP threats to zero out the funding, joining with five Democrats.
NATIONAL
February 11, 2005 | Lynn Smith, Times Staff Writer
The head of PBS has ordered an internal review of the children's show "Postcards From Buster" after Education Secretary Margaret Spellings and other critics attacked an episode that featured real-life lesbian mothers. Pat Mitchell, president and chief executive of the Public Broadcasting Service, said in an interview Thursday that she had asked an internal team to analyze events leading up to the controversial "Buster" episode.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 20, 1992 | SHARON BERNSTEIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Claiming that public television has a liberal bias, Senate Republican leaders have placed a "hold" on a bill to authorize funding for the Corp. for Public Broadcasting. The move, a delaying tactic that prevents a bill from being discussed, was put on the legislation at the behest of Republican senators, according to a senior aide to Senate Minority Leader Bob Dole (R--Kan.).
ENTERTAINMENT
July 25, 1990 | SHARON BERNSTEIN
Top executives at the Public Broadcasting Service on Tuesday entered the fray over the "indecency oath" that Congress has imposed on recipients of funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, saying that PBS would "fully support" any producer who refused to sign such an oath. "I would be very surprised if our producers would sign that," Neil Mahrer, PBS executive vice president and chief operating officer, told a news conference at the Century Plaza hotel.
OPINION
August 22, 2010 | By Jack Shakely
Epiphanies can come at you from the damnedest places. Mine was delivered by a cute, doe-eyed, bilingual animation character named Dora the Explorer. "Dora the Explorer" is the kind of morning children's show that epitomizes public television. It's gentle, funny, educational and culturally sensitive. Kids gobble it up. But "Dora" isn't produced or aired by PBS. If it were, it would cost tens of millions of dollars and become the subject of a thousand pledge breaks that might just help it to break even.
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