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Public TV Listens to Viewers, Indies

IndieCaucus.orgFollowing a dramatic show of support for the Indie Caucus Change.org petition, WNET has delayed its decision to pull documentary showcases Independent Lens and POV from its main channel. Starting today, January 5, Independent Lens will air at its previously scheduled time slot, 10 p.m. Mondays on THIRTEEN along with other stations across the country. Meanwhile, WNET and PBS agreed to embark on a "listening tour" over the next four months along with representatives from ITVS, Independent Lens, POV and member stations.

At the  11th annual Media That Matters conference, we'll be having a discussion about the relationship of indies and public TV. Join industry leaders, members of the Indie Caucus, and members of the deeply engaged documentary film and public media communities in DC for a FREE discussion on Thursday, February 19, 6:30 p.m.

Public TV and Independent, Point-of-View Documentary
Does public TV need independent and underrepresented voices? Do independent and underrepresented voices need public TV? When WNET contemplated moving Independent Lens and POV off the prime-time schedule in December, with PBS' approval, it triggered a nation-wide protest. WNET and PBS restored the series to the schedule until May, and promised to hold a listening tour. Meanwhile, here is a chance to have a public conversation about the issues!

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Rich HillThe first stop on the listening tour will take place in San Francisco on Jan. 17. Check in with IndieCaucus.org for updates on the listening tour and to read an FAQ on WNET's initial decision to bump the documentary programming.

Meanwhile, the latest season of Independent Lens launches with the broadcast premiere for Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winner documentary "Rich Hill" by by Tracy Droz Tragos and Andrew Droz Palermo. "Rich Hill" follows three teenage boys, Andrew, Harley, and Appachey, as they struggle with isolation, broken families, and lack of opportunity in their Missouri town, where the idea of the American Dream may remain elusively out of reach, but the desire for a better tomorrow remains.

You can check your local listings for local broadcast here and view the upcoming Independent Lens schedule on PBS.org.