Oct 22 2010

Steve Rendall and Julie Hollar on PBS


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This week on CounterSpin: What’s public about public TV? That’s the question posed by new research by FAIR, the group that brings you this show. PBS was founded to serve as a real alternative to commercial television, to be the place where you could find perspectives and views that the corporations that pay for commercial TV wouldn’t want to support. The network may have some very good programming still, but how well is it serving the goals with which it was charged? FAIR’s expose looks at news and public affairs programming, in the wake of the disappearance from PBS of two shows that were seen by many to represent public TV’s public interest ideals: Bill Moyers Journal and NOW. We’ll talk to FAIR’s Julie Hollar and CounterSpin’s Steve Rendall about that project.