Monday roundup: Joe Bev plays Monty, actress speaks out for public media

Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery, left, and his portrayer, Joe Bevilacqua.

Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery, left, and his portrayer, Joe Bevilacqua.

• Joe Bevilacqua of pubradio's The Joe Bev Hour portrays British Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery in an upcoming extended version of a History Channel miniseries, The World Wars. "Bevilacqua landed the role due to his striking resemblance to the World War II hero and because he can do a spot-on British dialect," a press release notes. The six-hour program premiered over Memorial Day weekend and will air on the H2 channel in more than 120 countries with new footage on June 22; he can be seen in Episode 3, "Never Surrender."

• South Dakota Public Broadcasting is one of the stations affected by Target's recent credit-card breach, reports the Argus Leader in in Sioux Falls.  The declined or out-of-date cards are costing SDPB between $1,200 and $1,500 a month. The paper cited Current's June 9 national story on the issue.

• Actress Amy Brenneman (Judging Amy, Private Practice) says she and her family are "enthusiastic fans of public media" in a new video from Protect My Public Media. PBS SoCal created and produced the spot for the online advocacy campaign, which is co-managed by the Association of Public Television Stations and NPR.

• Miles O'Brien, science correspondent for PBS NewsHour, recalls the turmoil after his left arm was amputated, in a dramatic first-person piece in the latest New York magazine. One of the few bright spots was the reaction of staff at the pubTV newsmag: "At the PBS NewsHour, where I am treated like family, they were just as accepting and supportive as my own children. When I asked if I should shoot and edit around my disability, my boss told me, 'No one cares. Just be your smart, engaging self.'”

• It's a pillow protest! One opponent of the proposed channel-sharing agreement between Georgia Public Broadcasting and the student-run WRAS is speaking out through emboldened embroidery; these pics ran on the Twitter stream of an attorney for the Student Press Law Center. The takeover was just delayed until June 29, to address student concerns.