Vermont PTV control room before and after NGIS

At last, PBS’s new distribution system nears completion

In August 2005, PBS’s $120 million Next Generation Interconnection System was hailed as a major advance for the public broadcasting system. Its target completion date was late 2006. Seven years, several generations of technology and a change of management later, the main components of NGIS are finally moving toward full implementation.

Ed Caleca and Andre Mendes

Move to PBS’s ACE master control gets mixed reviews

When Ed Caleca came to PBS a decade ago, he expected to see it through completion of the digital TV transition in ’06 before moving on. But media switchovers don’t stick to schedule. With PBS in unending, overlapping transitions, Caleca and colleague André Mendes are leaving their jobs, the network told stations recently.