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February 10, 2012

Don't Confuse Passion with Competence

Leaders overseeing innovation efforts inside their companies need to be careful of mistaking passion for competence. The philosopher George Santayana defined a fanatic as someone redoubles their effort when they have forgotten their aim. We've all encountered the innovator who keeps pounding the table, insisting that his vision is right despite mounting evidence (and bills) suggesting otherwise.
February 8, 2012

"Downton Abbey" Brings Cool TV Crowd to America's PBS

British World War One-era drama "Downton Abbey" and its colorful cast of countesses, cooks and kitchen maids has taken America by storm, dominating modern social media and bringing millions of new, young viewers to the often staid world of public broadcasting. January's second-season opener on PBS's "Masterpiece" slot drew 4.2 million U.S. viewers -- an 18 percent rise on the first season and rising to 6.3 million in replays and online views.
February 7, 2012

Commercial FMs Join Pursuit of News Audience

More commercial FM news stations are signing on in major markets around the country, intensifying pursuit of news listeners by radio broadcasters and testing the readiness of public news outlets in Chicago, Seattle, New York and elsewhere to hold their own against the new competition.
February 6, 2012

Financial Education Initiatives in the Workplace Survey Findings

Approximately one-half of organizations (52%) offer financial education to their employees, a decrease from 64% in 2009. These findings examine the impact that personal financial challenges have on employees as well as the types of initiatives that organizations have in place to alleviate the financial challenges faced by their employees.
February 1, 2012

Noncoms Seek Carve-Out from Station Reporting Proposals

Public broadcasters have asked the FCC to exempt them from any new "burdensome" reporting requirements, arguing that their delivery of programming of interest to their communities is self-evident.
January 30, 2012

At Realscreen Summit, Kerger envisions potential for PBS Foundation

At the packed "Looking Ahead with the Pubcasters" session at Monday's (Jan. 29) Realscreen Summit, PBS President Paula Kerger once again spoke of the potential the PBS Foundation holds for the future of the organization.
January 28, 2012

PBMA rebrands as Public Media Business Association, launches new website

The Public Broadcasting Management Association (PBMA) on Thursday (Jan. 26) announced a full rebranding of the organization, which serves financial, human resources, legal, information systems and administrative managers of public TV and radio stations.
January 27, 2012

Viewers tuning in, funds tuning out for PBS

It’s going on 50 years since the U.S. government created public broadcasting to “enrich the human spirit, to teach and tell stories of our nation.” It has seen many changes over those years, but perhaps none so turbulent, challenging and successful as the past two years. PBS President and CEO, Paula Kerger came to the Library of Virginia in Richmond to address members, community partners and legislators at a time when state legislatures are cutting or eliminating longstanding contributions to public broadcasting.
January 26, 2012

PBMA Launch Event

Don’t miss the new PBMA Launch Event next Thursday, January 26, 2012 at 3:00 pm EST. This is your opportunity to be among the first the see the organization’s transformation. During this free members-only live webinar, PBMA Chair Tom Livingston and PBMA Executive Director Tom Gibson will reveal the organization’s new logo and branding, give a tour of the new website, and announce new member services.
January 19, 2012

Vanity Fair: “National Public Rodeo”

Vanity Fair recently published an article about NPR that will surely spark conversation among public media professionals. “A simmering battle has been waged, and in the balance hangs NPR’s future and perhaps even its soul—as either a nonpartisan defender of in-depth journalism or a target of the partisan sniping of the sound-bite era. David Margolick explores how NPR’s management managed to squander the advantages of the national dole, deep-pocketed donors, a roster of top-notch reporters, and the loyalty of legions of devoted Click and Clack fans—and whether it can recover from the annus horribilis of 2011.”