An investigative series that is a TV institution will expand its investigative reporting after securing two new grants. TVNewser reports that the PBS series “Frontline” received the new funding.
One of the grants is a $5 million gift from Jon and Jo Ann Hagler, described as the single largest gift by an individual to the program in its three-decade history. The other grant is a two-year, $800,000 grant from the Ford Foundation.
In a statement, executive producer David Fanning said: “These two gifts are a vote of confidence in 'Frontline's' ambitions for the future. We know that to keep doing significant investigative reporting we have to undertake a major effort to raise additional funds for the time-intensive and costly work of enterprise journalism. The generosity of the Haglers and new support from the Ford Foundation is an expression of optimism about the future of the series and the kind of journalism we practice, and need to keep expanding.”
The series has been on the air for more than three decades, debuting in January 1983.