"Frontline" is receiving a two-year, $6 million grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, allowing the investigative show to expand to a year-round schedule on PBS stations, reports Elizabeth Jensen at the New York Times.
The grant, as well as another $1.6 million that’s in the process of being raised, will fund as many as eight additional new shows each year. That will eliminate the need for the program to take a summer hiatus, which "Frontline" executive producer David Fanning said "did stop us from doing certain stories."
The new shows will include three stories in each hour, instead of the traditional hour-long investigations, because shorter segments have a quicker turnaround, allowing the program to explore current issues such as the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
The grant was “brought on by the recognition that there’s a crisis in journalism and there’s a real call for public media to step up," Fanning said.