FROM Scott Collins
KCET Cuts Ties to PBS Last August, the management told the LA Times that, despite cutbacks and budget reductions, financial pressure might require KCET to combine forces with other public TV stations, sell out all together or, as a last resort, withdraw from the Public Broadcasting System. The "nuclear option" has come to be. KCET will go independent on the first of January next year. No more Nova , Frontline , Sesame Street , Masterpiece Theater or The NewsHour . The news broke last Friday, and viewers have had time to react. President and Chief Executive Office Al Jerome made the call, with unanimous consent from the Board of Directors.
Another Hollywood Strike on the Horizon? Three months after the Writers’ strike, the actors’ contract is about to run out. SAG, the Screen Actors’ Guild , has broken off talks with the film and TV studios. But AFTRA which has jurisdiction over TV is ready to negotiate.
Democrats Decry ABC Miniseries, 'The Path to 9/11' Democrats, including former President Clinton, are up in arms over The Path to 9/11 , scheduled to run Sunday and Monday nights on ABC. The network calls criticism "premature and irresponsible," because final editing is incomplete. Republican Thomas Kean , co-chair of the 9/11 Commission and a co-executive producer of the 6-hour docudrama, says changes are being made, at his suggestion, and that the miniseries is being made by "people of integrity." Two Democrats who were on the Commission say some scenes contradict its findings .
Nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula slowly coming to a head North Korea did not conduct a nuclear test this weekend, but it did show apparent progress in developing a missile that that could strike the United States. The Trump Administration says it has lost its "strategic patience." We hear what that might -- or might not -- mean for North Korea, China and the prospects for diplomacy.
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."