One of the truly legendary TV journalists signed off from his PBS show last Friday, May 1.
Bill Moyers signed off from his PBS program "Bill Moyers Journal" with a warning to viewers, the New York Times reports. "Plutocracy and democracy don’t mix," he said. "Once again the fate and character of our country are up for grabs."
But with Moyers leaving PBS, his time period is also up for grabs, and the show being readied to replace it is already generating concern among viewers, reports Elizabeth Jensen in a separate New York Times article.
"Need to Know," featuring co-hosts Alison Stewart and Jon Meacham, has long-time Moyer fans concerned that the show will shy away from approaching issues that could offend the rich and the political right, Jensen’s article says. The new program, which will incorporate interviews and reports on subjects ranging from the environment to the economy, will raise some of the same issues that Moyers looked at, pointed out Neal Shapiro, president of WNET.org, which is producing the program. Having some humor in the program was important too, and the show will close out each show with a segment from comedian Andy Borowitz.