Topic: public broadcasting

Court Upholds Ban on Political Ads on Public Stations

Full court reverses earlier decision

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. In an 8-3 decision, the U.S. Court…

Netflix Buys Exclusive Rights to Bletchley Circle From PBS

Broadcaster on a roll with expanded agreements

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…

PBS Inks Pact for Future Seasons of Downton Abbey on Amazon

Digitally expanding public broadcaster also develops kids' app for Kindle

PBS and have signed a new multi-year deal for content including more NOVA, more Masterpiece and several Ken Burns documentaries (notably The Civil War). Kids shows like Arthur, Wild…

GOP Targets Big Bird Again

Lawmakers argue funds are an 'enormous sum of money'

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.…

Court Rules Political Ads Can Air on Public Stations

Upholds ban on spots for commercial goods and services

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…