WETA and MacNeil/Lehrer Productions Announce Planned Transfer of "PBS NewsHour" to WETA
WETA, the flagship public media station for Washington, D.C., is expected to assume ownership and control of PBS NewsHour on July 1, 2014. The announcement was made today by Sharon Percy Rockefeller, president and chief executive officer of WETA, and Boisfeuillet “Bo” Jones Jr., president and chief executive officer of MacNeil/Lehrer Productions. The WETA Board of Trustees unanimously voted to authorize the agreement on Tuesday, June 17, and now all parties have reached an agreement in principle and are proceeding to completion of the transfer. Additional details in the press release below.
Inspired by the film Latino Americans, we decided to seek out a local perspective on the Latino experience in our community with our weta.org Digital Extras. Luis Araya immigrated to Arlington, Virginia from Bolivia in 1966, when very few Latinos lived in the county. He reflects on the changes he has seen over the years and the influence of Latinos in Arlington today.
Enjoy this step through time charting WETA's history from its founding in the 1950s as an educational television station, the addition of a public radio station, and evolution into a major national producer for PBS.