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Bill Moyers returns to public television, but not to PBS

Friday, January 6, 2012

imageLess than two years after ending his PBS series, “Bill Moyers Journal,” Moyers is back on public television this month (Sundays at 5 p.m., starting Jan. 15, on KQED), but with a twist. His new show, “Moyers & Company,” won’t be distributed by PBS, but by American Public Television, even though it’ll pretty much populate PBS member stations everywhere. Ever under hostile fire from congressional conservatives, PBS passed on the Moyers show for its regular lineup.

Add: In an NYT interview, Moyers addressed the snub with a between-the-eyes critique of PBS, with which his name is practically synonymous. An excerpt:

Yet, Mr. Moyers noted, PBS announced an additional version of “Antiques Roadshow” just a few weeks after the Census Bureau released figures showing the number of people living in poverty had risen to more than 46 million.

“I love ‘Antiques Roadshow,’ ” he added. “But it is just symbolic of how we’re not connected viscerally to the state of the American people right now.”

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