A Review of This Week’s Press

June 20th, 2008

Inside Thirteen Blogger: Hugh Siegel, Communications

  • The Police: Public Television Rocks! special on Thirteen and WLIW21 earned notable local press, including a highlight in the New York Times. “The 90-minute amalgam of concert footage and interviews essentially kicks off the general public sale for their August finale, while pumping public TV at the same time. Sounds like giving Sting that lute special really paid off,” quips <a href=”http://www.newsday.com/services/newspaper/printedition/saturday/act2/ny-b5726468jun14,0,2292659.column”
  • Thirteen/WNET will take viewers behind the scenes of the New York City Waterfalls, visit current public art installations around New York, and look back at past public art in the city in The Waterfalls — Making Public Art, notes the Brooklyn Eagle.
  • “For the fifth consecutive year, a GfK Roper Public Affairs & Media poll shows Americans consider PBS the nation’s most trusted institution among nationally known organizations and an excellent value for taxpayer dollars, second only to the defense of our nation,” according to a PBS press release.
  • “. . . as we know from all those pledge drives, without PBS, Thirteen and programs like Great Performances, we’d be culturally poorer,” says Remote Access. “So enjoy Bohème, and if you miss it tonight, catch the rebroadcast at noon Sunday as part of SundayArts Showcase.” Playbill’s weekly coverage of SundayArts looks at La Bohème, Charles Strouse Birthday Tribute and more.
  • Two public television stalwarts are in the “highbrow/brilliant” quadrant of New York Magazine’s “Approval Matrix” this week – Bill Moyers, who was seen in a smash viral video on the Web, and This Old House, which is finally crossing the Hudson.
  • Catholic News Service reviews The War of the World, calling it “a provocative revisionist interpretation of the major conflicts of the 20th century, humanity’s bloodiest epoch,” and “a briskly paced and informative look at the violent lessons of the last century.”
  • The New York Times highlights The Human Face on WLIW21
  • Aaron Brown and Wide Angle are noted on this blog and this one.
  • “Tigress Productions has completed filming on a new high-definition natural-history documentary for BBC Two and U.S. broadcaster WNET that follows the personal story of a mountain gorilla called Titus,” World Screen reports. “Commissioned by Tim Martin at the BBC and Fred Kaufman at WNET, Titus: The Gorilla King is . . . scheduled to launch on BBC Two later this year in the Natural World series.”