Public broadcasters around the globe face money, creative challenges

Public broadcasters from around the world are meeting this week in Singapore, and so far two major themes have emerged – digital technology and money. Matteo Maggiore, Controller of International Policy at the British Broadcasting Corporation spoke about investing and even surviving in a difficult financial atmosphere. "The problem is, of course, the financial straits that all public sectors in the UK and elsewhere is facing these days, and that puts a lot of financial pressure on the BBC," said Maggiore, according to the Straits Times. "The main challenge will be to sustain the resources for an investment that has…

Fund cuts for public television lead to mergers; is there life after PBS?

WASHINGTON – Coping with reduced funding by state governments and other sources, public television stations are pursuing diverse options ranging from mergers and consolidation to dropping PBS network programs. As reported in early July, funding cuts led to the demise of the New Jersey Network of PBS stations, which were merged into New York's WNET. The station had earlier acquired WLIW on Long Island, so currently, WNET controls PBS programming on stations well to the east and south of New York City. New York is not unique: San Francisco's public television station, KQED, acquired KTEH, serving San Jose and the…