From the President
I wanted to share some exciting programming news with you. At the recent Television Critics Press Tour, PBS President Paula Kerger announced that PBS will partner with the BBC and BBC World News in a co-production agreement that will bring 20 hours of new programming to PBS this year. PBS has enjoyed a long history of working with the BBC to bring titles such as Sherlock and Call the Midwife to our audiences, and we’re happy that this partnership means the relationship will continue to grow. We look forward to sharing more information about the new shows as details become available in the coming months.
Also announced at the Press Tour was a new PBS American drama series. Inspired by a true story and set in Alexandria, Virginia, this 6-hour hospital drama and family saga is framed against the backdrop of the Civil War. The series follows two volunteer nurses on opposite sides of the conflict and is set in a family-owned hotel that has been taken over and transformed into a Union Army Hospital. Stay tuned for more details and broadcast dates.
Until then, you can look forward to spending nights with other Masterpiece classics like Mr. Selfridge, enjoy the beauty of contemporary dance with the Mark Morris Dance Company in Great Performances: L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, and end the month engaged by the new Ken Burns documentary, Cancer: Emperor of All Maladies.
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If you have been listening to the radio lately, you have no doubt heard reports from the Innovation Trail emerging in our news stories. In fact, you may have caught yourself listening even more intently as topics like turbine wind power and the Marcellus Shale “hydrofracking” endeavors were discussed in fascinating depth.
As summer winds down, I think the long-held belief that the season is a quiet time for rest and relaxation has been lost on most of us. We all find our weekends' book up quickly and the good weather has us out doing more things than we ever anticipated! It’s the very same here at WXXI – in fact, many of you may have seen us in your travels.
At WXXI, we strive to develop a healthy and engaged community through our programs and services. One of the ways we measure the success of that mission is through the ardent support of our volunteers who value what we do so much that they give freely of their time. In appreciation of their commitment, we recently had the pleasure of hosting our Annual Volunteer Recognition Reception.