Downton Abbey, the Masterpiece franchise about life at a stately British manor, began with the sinking of the Titanic; its recently-concluded second season took on the Great War and the influenza outbreak. It’s a series about people unaccustomed to change suddenly dealing with staggering new technological and sociological realities, those who have long enjoyed a Read More
This morning, Neal Shapiro, president and CEO of WNET.org, broke some more bad news to the employees of WNET-Thirteen, PBS’s flagship station in New York, and its sister station WLIW-21.
At a station meeting, Mr. Shapiro told employees that the organization would be going through another round of layoffs. Roughly 50 staffers will Read More
WNET-Thirteen, PBS’s flagship station in New York, is on the verge of enacting significant staff and budget reductions for the coming year. The layoffs will also affect sister station WLIW-21 and the station’s parent public media organization WNET.org.
Neal Shapiro, President and C.E.O. of WNET.org, told The Observer on Thursday evening that Read More
“The good TV and the bad TV were often in conflict,” said Aaron Brown.
It was a recent Wednesday afternoon and the longtime television anchor and correspondent was sitting at a table in Harry’s of Hartsdale, a nearly deserted steakhouse, a few short blocks from his home in Westchester County. He was reflecting on his Read More
The Media Mob has learned that "institutional advancement" has struck again at Thirteen-WNET, New York’s flagship PBS station.
On Thursday, April 24, Vice President for Institutional Advancement Barbara Bantivoglio sent out a bulk email to Thirteen staffers informing them that the channel’s marketing department was being "restructured."
In other words, more staffers were being Read More
On the afternoon of Jan. 18, dozens of staffers at Thirteen-WNET, PBS’s flagship station in New York, shuffled into a conference room at headquarters on West 33rd Street for an address from Neal Shapiro, the station’s boss.
According to a source at the meeting, Mr. Shapiro said that in the digital age, public television employees Read More
In February, former NBC News President Neal Shapiro will officially take over as the president of the Educational Broadcasting Corporation, the licensee of public broadcast stations Thirteen-WNET and WLIW New York. In the meantime, Mr. Shapiro is already beginning to leave his mark on the programming of Thirteen-WNET, where he has served as Read More
In a move that came as a surprise to exactly no one in the television news industry, on Tuesday morning, amid a mind-spinning confluence of big news stories, Neal Shapiro formally announced his intention to step down as president of NBC News.
In a letter to his staff, Mr. Shapiro said that since last Read More
Bob Arnot, the medical doctor turned foreign correspondent for MSNBC and NBC News-the onetime chief medical correspondent “Dr. Bob” on NBC News, who has been filing prickly, Geraldo-like dispatches from Iraq-has been conspicuously absent from TV lately. Dr. Arnot’s contract was up at NBC in December 2003 and, according to the network, won’t be renewed Read More