At the Television Critics Association press tour, chief programming executive Perry Simon said the themed shows can help PBS “best stand out from this crowded content marketplace and make a real impact with our audiences and our communities.”
The puppet show, debuting next year, features one of the characters from the original “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.”
The station will focus its strongest signal on news and entertainment.
The grants expand on CPB’s American Graduate initiative.
KUER GM Maria O’Mara will become executive director of both PBS Utah and KUER.
NPR has seen “little uptake in audience recognition of most of our blog brands,” according to its chief science editor.
Strobel, who worked for Twin Cities PBS in the ’90s, will become the station’s sixth leader.
In her dream job, English managed Sesame Workshop’s relationships with public television for 19 years.
Culkeen replaces former CEO Paul Grove, who left the station to become president of WEDU in Tampa, Fla.
The bureau will open in the spring with a full-time reporter.
Owsley spent 36 years with St. Louis Public Radio as the city’s leading voice in jazz radio.
KRCU’s new signal is expected to be on the air later this year.