April 29, 1991 |
A local public-television program was being pulled from the air. Along the banks of the Charles River, the reactions reached seismic proportions. "I can't imagine life without 'The Ten O'Clock News,' " declared Robert B. Reich, a Harvard economist, when he heard that the show on WGBH had been canceled. "Evelyn Riesman and I organize our schedules so that we will be home . . .
January 25, 2001 |
In the end, it won't be the butler in the drawing room with a candlestick who killed off one of PBS' most venerable series, but PBS itself--in the boardroom, with a flick of the budget pen. The Public Broadcasting Service plans to stop funding production of the current incarnation of "Mystery!," the Thursday-night anthology series of British whodunits that has been on the air since 1980, spawning a whole genre in the U.S. In its place, PBS is working with the show's U.S.
July 15, 1998 |
It's the unlikeliest premise for a television show: People haul out their grandmother's vase, an old, dusty cabinet, a trinket from Japan or a worn teddy bear, take it to a local hotel, and have it discussed and appraised by auctioneers and antique dealers. That's it. No car chases, no bloody shootouts, no steamy bedroom scenes, no laugh tracks. It's "Chubb's Antiques Roadshow," better known as just "The Antiques Roadshow," and it is, in the public television sphere at least, a hit.
November 14, 1996 |
For millions of television viewers worldwide, the thrill of the BBC's "Antiques Roadshow" isn't in the discovery of a long-lost Constable landscape or perfectly preserved Ming vase. It's in watching the unimpeachable British reserve of the participants. Whether told that a tatty piece of canvas should be insured for 100,000 pounds ($158,000) or that the silver vase they have so diligently polished is a cheap copy, the owners' reaction is almost invariably "Oh, really?"
June 2, 1994 |
Public broadcasting stations that go head-to-head vying for viewers and donations now are knocking heads in another arena: shopping malls. The competition is especially hot in Southern California, where two privately held retail chains with strong ties to public broadcasters are opening stores in Orange, Los Angeles and San Diego counties.
July 11, 1994 |
Last fall, Store of Knowledge opened an outlet in the Glendale Galleria. On its heels in the spring came Learningsmith Inc. at the Beverly Center and South Coast Plaza. In coming months, other Southern California shopping malls are likely to become the settings for a unique competition involving for-profit enterprise and nonprofit public broadcasting.