Feature Story News to open four new bureaus

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Simon Marks

Feature Story News, an independent TV news agency that works closely with many pubTV outlets, announced the opening of four new bureaus in Miami, San Francisco, Houston, and Los Angeles today at the PBS Annual Meeting in Denver, Colo.

FSN is helmed by Simon Marks, a former president of MacNeil/Lehrer Productions.

The Houston bureau will be based in the TV/radio newsroom of Houston Public Media, the Miami bureau will be based at WPBT-TV, the Los Angeles bureau will be based at PBS SoCal, and the San Francisco bureau will be based at KMVT-TV 15.

Each bureau will be a two-person operation, with each staffed by an on-air correspondent and a video journalist.

Marks said the small bureaus will be funded entirely by FSN’s existing business. FSN already has several two to four person bureaus across the globe, and a more sizable eight-person bureau in Washington, D.C.

Once the four planned bureaus are open and an additional bureau in South Africa actualizes, FSN will have 13 bureaus worldwide.