March 22, 2012 7:19 pm
Filmmakers' voices have made a difference to the future of public broadcasting. PBS has agree to move two series crucial to indie filmmakers - Independent Lens and POV - back into the PBS core schedule.
According to a New York Times report, PBS has still not decided on which day the series will find their home. We hope that the final decision will reflect the way in which the programming in these series meets the fundamental mission of public broadcasting. We eagerly await the news.
We are grateful and appreciate that PBS has honored the public mission of public broadcasting, recognizing that independent programs showcased on Independent Lens and POV showcase underrepresented viewpoints, serve underserved audiences, and offer innovative strategies for making connections with Americans in ways that help them be the most active and productive members of society that they can be.
We echo the words of Sally Jo Fifer, chief executive of ITVS: “Public broadcasting is the outlet of choice for some of the best storytellers in the nation. We are so proud of our producers for taking seriously the role of public broadcasting in the 21st century. And we are proud of our partners at PBS for being open to hearing from this important constituency.”
We look forward to the next announcements from PBS about its positioning of these key series.