Bill Moyers’ Planned Return to PBS Falls Through–What Went Wrong?

Apr 15, 2011  •  Post A Comment

Bill Moyers won’t be returning to PBS after all, but it’s not entirely his decision: PBS said it couldn’t find a time slot for him, reports Elizabeth Jensen in The New York Times’ Media Decoder blog.

"PBS has informed us there is no time slot available in which the series could be designated for simultaneous common carriage across the country," Moyers said in a statement Thursday, the story notes. Moyers added, "After discussions with my underwriters we have decided to pursue other options and projects.”

Moyers had been working on a new show that had the working title "Something Different With Bill Moyers," which had received a $2 million, 29-month grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the article notes.

PBS said it’s still working on its fall schedule, and plans to unveil it to member stations next month.


  1. I think Thomas Wolfe said it best: You can’t go home again.

  2. I think this says more about PBS than Moyer. The need for PBS continues to fade and their management is continuing to fumble as they try to rejustify their existence in a digital television world where most consumers have access to at least 100 channels. PBS needs to go fully to an advertising model and quit try ing to play to Washington. With a little bit of creativity they can at least get eh ratings that NBC does and pay their own way.

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