“Comments continue to drift in about the PBS program on the Armenian genocide,” CPB ombudsman Ken Bode writes in his latest column, which features remarks from several of his readers on the issue. One commenter: Michael Getler, public TV’s other ombudsman, who took exception to the way Bode, in his initial column on the matter, characterized the PBS monitor’s comments on The Armenian Genocide controversy. Replied Bode: “I am happy to have Mr. Getler state clearly, as I thought he did not in his original posting, his opinion that the events in Turkey, did indeed deserve to be considered as genocide. Anyway, I think that is what he is saying.”
With the election of financier James Tisch as chairman of Educational Broadcasting Corporation — and Paula Kerger’s recent departure as executive v.p. of its flagship New York station — the pubTV licensee with a $100 million endowment is contemplating another major capital campaign, reports the New York Times. “In order for us to be what we need to be, we’ve got to have at least twice what we have in endowment,” says WNET President Bill Baker.
Chris Douridas, a deejay at KCRW-FM in Santa Monica, Calif., was charged yesterday with one count of cocaine possession, reports the Los Angeles Times. Douridas had been booked for poisoning and kidnapping as well, but the Los Angeles district attorney’s office was unable to support those charges. If found guilty of possession, Douridas could face three years in prison and fines of up to $10,000.
Todd Mundt writes that stakeholders in public radio have formed a Digital Distribution Consortium to map a shared digital infrastructure for the system. “Ultimately, we sense something bigger still — the opportunity to create new models for how networks, big stations, small stations and independent producers can relate to each other. That one piece alone could change everything,” say the consortium’s charter and principles. “Our effort, today and tomorrow, is to describe the services we want to create or enable — the ‘it’ that we’re aiming for,” writes Mundt in another post. UPDATE: The consortium now has a public wiki.
Lovers of classical music are fighting to keep KTPB in Kilgore, Texas, on the air, reports the New York Times. “Just because we live out here in the middle of nowhere doesn’t mean we have to be a cultural void,” says a executive director of a nearby symphony orchestra.
A radio audience research firm found that only one percent of respondents to a telephone survey knew that HD Radio can provide more channels of programming. “Our research reveals that radio needs to explain HD Radio and its benefits for listeners,” writes Mark Kassof. Meanwhile, Rob Pegoraro of the Washington Post writes that he returned his Boston Acoustics HD Radio out of frustration with the on-again, off-again status of a few multicast channels in the Washington area.