public broadcasting

Court Upholds Ban on Political Ads on Public Stations

Public TV and radio stations will remain commercial-free, as a federal appeals court has upheld the federal ban on political advertising on such stations.

Netflix Buys Exclusive Rights to Bletchley Circle From PBS

Just days after PBS' announcement that it was expanding its agreement with Amazon to include exclusive rights to Downton Abbey (along with non-exclusive rights to other shows), Netflix bought an exclusive window to several other shows on the public broadcaster, including WWII-period code-breaking saga The Bletchley Circle and preschool series Super Why.

PBS Inks Pact for Future Seasons of Downton Abbey on Amazon

PBS and Amazon.com have signed a new multi-year deal for content including more NOVA, more Masterpiece and several Ken Burns documentaries (notably The Civil War).

GOP Targets Big Bird Again

When it comes to defunding public broadcasting, the GOP is like a dog with a bone. Renewing the fight to take public broadcasting off the list of federal appropriations, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) and Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Co.) are trolling for lawmakers to sign a letter calling for the Senate and House Appropriation Committees to discontinue funds.

Court Rules Political Ads Can Air on Public Stations

Political ads may soon air on public radio and TV—a major shift in the nature of public broadcasting. In a 2-1 decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco ruled that the federal ban on political advertising on public stations is unconstitutional because it violates the First Amendment.