Writers Guild Agrees to New Public Broadcasting Deal

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Public television writers represented by the Writers Guild of America have ratified a new contract.

The four-year pact, which takes effect immediately, was approved unanimously yesterday. It covers members who write content for the three major producers of public television programming, including New York’s WNET/Channel 13.

Made-for-Internet programming for the first time will fall under this new collective bargaining agreement.

“We’re extremely happy to have negotiated this contract for our PBS members,” said Lowell Peterson, WGAE executive director and chief negotiator.

WGA employees working at these stations will receive rate increases of 2 percent in the second year and 2.75 percent in the third and fourth years.