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by Stephen Hill "If public media is to secure its future, it must be with the public." SUMMARY This paper presents a set of ideas for reforming both the online service models and the internal business methods of the public media system to allow it to adapt fully to the... Continue »
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I was at the Public Radio Programming Conference in Denver. I was catching up with an old friend who directs news at an NPR member station. And he tells me, in confidence, about a coordinated campaign by the staff and fans of Amy Goodman's program, Democracy Now, to bully him into carrying the show. I can't divulge the particulars of the situation (other than to say the pressure tactics, such as antagonizing guests at station functions, have poisoned all possibility of a reasonable dialogue on the matter). Still, I think there's an issue here that exposes a basic flaw in the media system that CPB built. Venus and Mars CPB is the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. It channels taxpayer dollars -- a measly amount to be sure -- into public radio and television stations. It has built the system on a local control model, establishing extremely basic qualification thresholds, and... Continue »
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Ellen Weiss was forced out of NPR today. The apparent reason was that she, more than anyone else at NPR, mishandled the firing of the outspoken commentator, Juan Williams. via nowthedetails.blogspot.com Read Jeffrey Dvorkin's full post above if you don't know the backstory to Juan Williams' firing from NPR... or today's news that the NPR Board of Directors forced the resignation of Ellen Weiss, the VP of NPR News who fired Williams and makes no apologies for it. I think Jeffrey is right that NPR has some introspection to do here as not only has it lost an erudite, albeit selfish, commentator in Williams (not to mention one of its few prominent African-American voices), but now it has lost a veteran news manager in Weiss who has pushed the newsroom up and over her high bar of excellence (not to mention one invested with 29 years of institutional prowess). (Jeffrey... Continue »