PBS Brings ‘POV’ and ‘Independent Lens’ Back to Primetime

WGAE Executive Director Lowell Peterson and President Michael Winship released the following statement:

“With the news that the series POV and Independent Lens will move in late October to a prime spot on the PBS schedule—Monday nights at 10—we are pleased that PBS has decided to restore independent documentaries to an airtime in its national core schedule. As the Writers Guild of America, East said when it joined in protesting the schedule change in April, the move announced today will allow the greatest exposure and best opportunity for viewers to see these important works so relevant to the PBS mandate for diversity and public service. We are especially grateful for the open minds and willingness to negotiate at PBS that allowed this decision to take place and congratulate the independent film community for the solidarity and sense of purpose that resulted in such a successful outcome.”