PBS plans to live-stream three days of coverage of an event that previously was the sole territory of C-Span. Writing in The New York Times, Elizabeth Jensen reports that the programming service is readying its coverage of this month’s Miami Book Fair International.
“C-Span has been a partner since the fair’s inception in 1984, but its focus is on nonfiction,” Jensen writes. “PBS envisions something broader, what producers describe as Olympic-style coverage of the extensive event. It runs Nov. 16 to 23 and will feature more than 500 authors, with attendance expected to top 200,000.”
“PBS NewsHour” culture correspondent Jeffrey Brown and author Kelly Corrigan will host the coverage, which will feature writers such as Judy Blume and Richard Ford and poet Mark Strand.
The programming move came about after surveys showed a strong correlation between book buyers and public media viewers, the story reports.
“Our audience loves ideas, they love books,” said Rich Homberg, chief executive of Detroit Public Television, which is producing the coverage.
The live stream will be carried on PBS.org, local station websites and BookViewNow.org, the piece notes, with the network’s World channel broadcasting nightly half-hour highlight programs.