August 3, 1987 |
In an attempt to increase its local audience and its subscriber base, public-TV station WNET has decided to expand to a 24-hour daily broadcast schedule. "I believe there's a whole new constituency out there," WNET president William F. Baker said in a telephone interview. "It remains to be seen whether or not there is such an audience, and whether they'll show the (financial) support we'll need to sustain the schedule."
December 11, 1991 |
In its first distribution deal with a cable network, WNET-TV, the PBS station here, said Tuesday that its nightly talk show with interviewer Charlie Rose will also be carried on the Learning Channel. Beginning Jan. 6, the Learning Channel will air "Charlie Rose," hosted by the former anchor of CBS' "Nightwatch," at 10 p.m. (EST) Monday through Friday, a day after the original broadcast on WNET. Rose's talk show, which premiered in September, is carried live on WNET weeknights at 11 p.m.
January 16, 1997 |
WNET-TV, the public television station here, has received a $5-million grant to produce a weekly news program for PBS about religion and ethics. "Religion is all around us, yet it's not really being covered by public TV or the commercial networks," said Tamara Robinson, vice president of national programming for WNET. "This series will focus on a wide range of topics, from Islamic fundamentalism to the religious perspective on issues such as welfare reform."
July 3, 1987 |
WNET, nearly crippled by economic woes three years ago, now is producing programs for public television worth more than $30 million--"a dramatic increase in original programming," according to station officials. "We have turned around," said Hugh Price, WNET's senior vice president in charge of production, noting that the station entered the new fiscal year this week with "an unprecedented" amount of original programming in production, both on its own and in partnership with other U.S.
October 11, 1994 |
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.
April 3, 1992 |
Texaco has decided to discontinue its underwriting of the PBS series "Great Performances" at the end of this season. The company, which had been helping to support "Great Performances" for the past two seasons, said that it was withdrawing because the series had moved away from the kinds of traditional arts programming that Texaco wants to sponsor.