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October 17, 1995 | JANE HALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Robert MacNeil will retire Friday as executive editor and co-anchor of PBS' "The MacNeil/Lehrer News-Hour." The 64-year-old Canadian, who has written two novels ("Burden of Desire" and the newly published "The Voyage"), plans to write fiction full time while remaining a partner in MacNeil/Lehrer Productions. MacNeil, a former correspondent for NBC News, was paired with Texas journalist Jim Lehrer in 1973 to anchor PBS' coverage of the Watergate hearings.
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June 17, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Cable news currently seems to be in a state of disarray, and the traditional network news divisions are struggling to get airtime. Sensing a chance to expand its claim in the highly competitive broadcast-news arena, public television plans to extend its revered "NewsHour" program to weekends. The new program, titled "PBS NewsHour Weekend," will be, strangely, just a half-hour long. Beginning Sept. 7, it is to air every Saturday and Sunday from the studios of WNET in Lincoln Center in New York City.
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September 27, 1986 | CLARKE TAYLOR
A bid for union representation on the part of writers, producers and reporters at public TV's "MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour" has been voted down, according to election results released here Friday by the National Labor Relations Board. The results showed that in an election held last week at the New York and Washington offices of the news program, off-camera staff members voted 20-12 against a proposal to be represented by the Writers Guild of America. Thirty-nine were eligible to vote.
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January 5, 2005 | Robert Lloyd, Times Staff Writer
In the linguistic travelogue "Do You Speak American?," airing tonight on PBS, Robert MacNeil (former host with Jim Lehrer of "The NewsHour") investigates the modern adventures of our gloriously unruly tongue -- not merely what is said, but how it's said, both the words we use and the way we shape them.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 29, 1992 | DENNIS McLELLAN
His PBS colleagues describe Robert MacNeil as a typical, polite and unassuming Canadian, the kind of guy who says "thank you" when he withdraws money from the automated teller. But a distinctly different side of the veteran journalist turns up in his first novel, "Burden of Desire."
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October 11, 1994 | JANE HALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Robert MacNeil confirmed Monday that he will retire as co-anchor of PBS' "MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour" next year and said his decision was influenced by funding difficulties in public television. MacNeil, 63, told "NewsHour" staffers that he intends to leave in October, 1995, the newscast's 20th anniversary. Jim Lehrer, 60, who co-anchors the hourlong weekday broadcasts from Washington, will then become solo anchor, with all operations being consolidated in the nation's capital.
BOOKS
March 26, 1989 | ALEX RAKSIN
RIVER ETERNAL by Lance Kinseth (Viking: $16.95; 117 pp.) Hardly searching for a Walden safely secluded from urbiculture, naturalist authors of the baby boom generation tend to be "allergic to what we write about," as Gary Nabhan put it, even "distrustful of the forest, or any other wilderness, as a place to live," as Annie Dillard has confessed.
NEWS
October 16, 1995 | MICHAEL HARRIS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Inside every journalist is a novelist or a poet scratching and howling to get out. So goes the folklore, anyway. And when the journalist is as distinguished as Robert MacNeil, who retires this month as co-host of PBS' 'Mac/ Lehrer NewsHour," we are naturally curious. What is he going to say in this, his second novel (following "Burden of Desire"), now that he can say anything he wants? The two kinds of writing interact unpredictably.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 17, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Cable news currently seems to be in a state of disarray, and the traditional network news divisions are struggling to get airtime. Sensing a chance to expand its claim in the highly competitive broadcast-news arena, public television plans to extend its revered "NewsHour" program to weekends. The new program, titled "PBS NewsHour Weekend," will be, strangely, just a half-hour long. Beginning Sept. 7, it is to air every Saturday and Sunday from the studios of WNET in Lincoln Center in New York City.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 5, 2005 | Robert Lloyd, Times Staff Writer
In the linguistic travelogue "Do You Speak American?," airing tonight on PBS, Robert MacNeil (former host with Jim Lehrer of "The NewsHour") investigates the modern adventures of our gloriously unruly tongue -- not merely what is said, but how it's said, both the words we use and the way we shape them.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 26, 2004 | Susan King
In his latest PBS special, veteran newscaster Robert MacNeil poses the question: "Do You Speak American?" The three-part series, which explores the history, diversity and evolution of the American language, is a follow-up to the 73-year-old MacNeil's award-winning 1986 documentary, "The Story of English." In "American," which airs Jan. 5 on KCET, MacNeil travels the country, focusing on language controversies such as bilingualism, Ebonics and political correctness.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 17, 1995 | JANE HALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Robert MacNeil will retire Friday as executive editor and co-anchor of PBS' "The MacNeil/Lehrer News-Hour." The 64-year-old Canadian, who has written two novels ("Burden of Desire" and the newly published "The Voyage"), plans to write fiction full time while remaining a partner in MacNeil/Lehrer Productions. MacNeil, a former correspondent for NBC News, was paired with Texas journalist Jim Lehrer in 1973 to anchor PBS' coverage of the Watergate hearings.
NEWS
October 16, 1995 | MICHAEL HARRIS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Inside every journalist is a novelist or a poet scratching and howling to get out. So goes the folklore, anyway. And when the journalist is as distinguished as Robert MacNeil, who retires this month as co-host of PBS' 'Mac/ Lehrer NewsHour," we are naturally curious. What is he going to say in this, his second novel (following "Burden of Desire"), now that he can say anything he wants? The two kinds of writing interact unpredictably.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 11, 1994 | JANE HALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Robert MacNeil confirmed Monday that he will retire as co-anchor of PBS' "MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour" next year and said his decision was influenced by funding difficulties in public television. MacNeil, 63, told "NewsHour" staffers that he intends to leave in October, 1995, the newscast's 20th anniversary. Jim Lehrer, 60, who co-anchors the hourlong weekday broadcasts from Washington, will then become solo anchor, with all operations being consolidated in the nation's capital.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 29, 1992 | DENNIS McLELLAN
His PBS colleagues describe Robert MacNeil as a typical, polite and unassuming Canadian, the kind of guy who says "thank you" when he withdraws money from the automated teller. But a distinctly different side of the veteran journalist turns up in his first novel, "Burden of Desire."
NEWS
December 2, 1990 | JANE HALL
Robert MacNeil and Jim Lehrer are a TV news duo that has lasted longer than the pairing of Chet Huntley and David Brinkley on NBC in the 1960s. Their "MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour" on PBS has been praised by critics for its even-handed style and its format of focusing on one or two stories in depth each night.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 26, 2004 | Susan King
In his latest PBS special, veteran newscaster Robert MacNeil poses the question: "Do You Speak American?" The three-part series, which explores the history, diversity and evolution of the American language, is a follow-up to the 73-year-old MacNeil's award-winning 1986 documentary, "The Story of English." In "American," which airs Jan. 5 on KCET, MacNeil travels the country, focusing on language controversies such as bilingualism, Ebonics and political correctness.
NEWS
December 2, 1990 | JANE HALL
Robert MacNeil and Jim Lehrer are a TV news duo that has lasted longer than the pairing of Chet Huntley and David Brinkley on NBC in the 1960s. Their "MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour" on PBS has been praised by critics for its even-handed style and its format of focusing on one or two stories in depth each night.
BOOKS
March 26, 1989 | ALEX RAKSIN
RIVER ETERNAL by Lance Kinseth (Viking: $16.95; 117 pp.) Hardly searching for a Walden safely secluded from urbiculture, naturalist authors of the baby boom generation tend to be "allergic to what we write about," as Gary Nabhan put it, even "distrustful of the forest, or any other wilderness, as a place to live," as Annie Dillard has confessed.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 27, 1986 | CLARKE TAYLOR
A bid for union representation on the part of writers, producers and reporters at public TV's "MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour" has been voted down, according to election results released here Friday by the National Labor Relations Board. The results showed that in an election held last week at the New York and Washington offices of the news program, off-camera staff members voted 20-12 against a proposal to be represented by the Writers Guild of America. Thirty-nine were eligible to vote.
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