"PBS NewsHour" may add weekend broadcasts, producing the segments in New York instead of in the show’s studios in Arlington, Va., reports Elizabeth Jensen in The New York Times.
The plan would add a weekend news show to PBS, which has been criticized for lacking such a program, the story notes.
Citing show employees who are familiar with the plans but are not authorized to speak publicly, Jensen writes: "The proposed expansion, which is not expected to be decided on before the end of March, is being considered at a crucial time for the show. Although costs could be cut or new money found, MacNeil-Lehrer Productions, the producer of the weekday show, is facing a shortfall of as much as $7 million this fiscal year from what had been a planned $28 million budget.”
PBS would provide $3 million to help produce the weekend programs, but that money wouldn’t go to MacNeil-Lehrer Productions, the story notes. Instead, the money would go to WNET-TV, the New York public television company.
WNET-TV would take on the weekend show just as its public affairs program "Need to Know" is facing cancellation in June when its PBS contract ends, the story adds. Funds from that show would go toward creating the weekend "NewsHour" program, the piece says.