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Sunday, June 19, 2005

PBS Updates Editorial Standards, Adds Ombudsman

PBS is in a dog fight over proposed budget cuts by Congress.

Here is what writer Laurence Jarvik writes in his book, PBS: BEHIND THE SCREEN, about one of its most highly viewed programs: "The current affairs documentary series FRONTLINE is easily one of public television's most popular and prestigious offerings. Over six million viewers watch each episode, according to originating station WGBH, Boston.

Since its debut in 1983, the only regularly scheduled documentary hour on the national PBS feed has won a shelf of honors, including Emmys as well as Polk, Peabody, Dupont/Columbia, and Robert F. Kennedy journalism awards..."

"...Yet despite its reputation for excellence, a close examination of FRONTLINE reveals a pattern of political bias and shoddy journalism..."

PBS Updates Editorial Standards, Adds Ombudsman