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Message from the President of NEPM

Earlier this year PBS reported that for the 16th consecutive year, PBS and its member stations have been named #1 in public trust among American institutions in a nationwide annual survey. And when asked which networks they trust most when it comes to news and public affairs programming, respondents ranked PBS #1, ahead of the major broadcast and cable news networks.

This does not come as a surprise to me, and my guess is that it may not come as a surprise to you. Every weeknight you can keep up with world, national, and local news by tuning in for BBC World News America at 5:30 p.m., PBS NewsHour at 6 p.m., and WGBY’s Connecting Point at 7 pm. On Friday nights at 8 p.m. there’s Washington Week, the longest-running primetime news and public affairs program on television, followed by Firing Line hosted by activist and commentator Margaret Hoover. Most Tuesdays you’ll find the best in long form investigative journalism from Frontline— the upcoming episode covering Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman will be fascinating.

Many of these programs are available to watch soon after broadcast on WGBY Passport. In fact, PBS NewsHour is one of the most-watched programs on Passport. And this month marks the premiere of Retro Report, a new public affairs program that helps us make sense of the present by delving into the past. You can learn more about it to the left.

But PBS and WGBY are not just news. To say that we’re also known for drama is quite an understatement. That’s why I’m looking forward to Press, the new series from Masterpiece that’s a drama about news! An ensemble cast of some of Britain’s best talent will portray the characters cranking out the daily news at two fictional, rival London newspapers. David Suchet has an important role and I’m looking forward to seeing him without his Hercule Poirot mustache.

With thanks for your continued support,

Martin Miller
President, NEPM