This New Half-Hour Newscast airs every
Saturdays and Sundays at 5:00pm beginning September 7th & 8th on WTVP-HD 47.1.
- Hari Sreenivasan to Anchor Weekend Newscast
from the Tisch WNET Studios in New York -
PBS is expanding its influential and trusted lineup of news and public affairs shows
with PBS NEWSHOUR WEEKEND – an extension of one of America’s most iconic news broadcasts.
The half-hour series premieres September 7th and 8th, 2013 at 5:00pm each evening on WTVP-HD
47.1. PBS NEWSHOUR correspondent Hari Sreenivasan will anchor PBS NEWSHOUR WEEKEND every
Saturday and Sunday from the Tisch WNET Studios at Lincoln Center.
Like the weekday edition of THE PBS NEWSHOUR, PBS NEWSHOUR WEEKEND will feature
a summary of the day’s national and international news, using renowned experts to offer analysis. Each
weekend broadcast will contain original, in-depth field reporting on topics including education,
healthcare, the economy, energy, science and technology, religion, finance and the arts. Local PBS
stations will be offered an opportunity at the end of the broadcast to insert two minutes of local news.
As appropriate, the PBS NEWSHOUR WEEKEND team will work with local stations to produce stories
of national interest for the broadcast.
The addition of this New York-based team will contribute to NEWSHOUR’s weekday on-air
reporting, with Hari Sreenivasan regularly providing reports for the weekday PBS NEWSHOUR newscast.
Online, the New York team will publish and update the PBS NEWSHOUR’s mobile, social media and digital
platforms, extending coverage to seven days a week. With this expanded schedule, the
PBS NEWSHOUR site
will feature even more news, expert commentary and enterprise reporting on topics including politics,
science, the arts, health and international news.
WTVP Local Scheduling Changes
Due to the addition of PBS NewsHour Weekend, local broadcast of Motorweek will slide to 5:30pm
on Saturdays. Adventure Sports Outdoors, airing the last Saturday of each month, will also slide to 5:30pm.
The Red Green Show will continue Wednesdays at 10:00pm, but will no longer encore in this weekend timeslot.
Design Squad, previously seen Sundays at 5:00pm, is retiring from the WTVP schedule.
About PBS NEWSHOUR WEEKEND
The NEWSHOUR initiative will be helmed by Linda Winslow, who has served as the executive producer
of THE PBS NEWSHOUR since 2005. The veteran news executive and key member of the NEWSHOUR management
team will provide editorial oversight to both on-air productions and their related digital platforms.
“I am delighted about the expansion of the NEWSHOUR to the weekend,” said Jim Lehrer,
executive editor, and founding former news anchor for PBS NEWSHOUR. “I welcome this latest expansion
of our brand of trusted and balanced journalism. Plus, it is equally wonderful to rekindle our
relationship with WNET, where Robert MacNeil and I started nearly 40 years ago.”
“PBS NEWSHOUR has a reputation for context, in-depth reporting and analysis that gives
viewers the facts and lets them make up their own minds,” said Beth Hoppe, PBS Chief Programming
Executive and General Manager, General Audience Programming. “PBS NEWSHOUR WEEKEND will bring the
NEWSHOUR’s commitment to in-depth, thoughtful news coverage to weekend viewers, while also bolstering
NEWSHOUR’s newsgathering abilities with a presence in New York City.”
“We are so fortunate to be a part of the next chapter of the NEWSHOUR, bringing this
trusted brand to audiences on air and online on the weekends,” says WNET President and CEO Neal Shapiro.
“We are assembling an experienced and talented news team that will be ready to deliver a program that
builds on the NEWSHOUR’s well-earned reputation with a unique blend of innovation and experimentation
to deliver the highest quality news experience.”
About Hari Sreenivasan
Hari Sreenivasan has been with PBS NEWSHOUR since 2009, currently serving as both a correspondent and
as director of digital partnerships. Mr. Sreenivasan makes regular news updates throughout the day on
the NEWSHOUR’s website, in addition to appearing nightly on the program. Prior to PBS NEWSHOUR, he
worked for CBS News, reporting regularly on the “CBS Evening News,” “The Early Show” and “CBS Sunday
Morning.” Before that, he served as an anchor and correspondent for ABC News, working extensively on
the network’s 24-hour digital service “ABC News Now.” Mr. Sreenivasan also reported for “World News
Tonight,” “Nightline” and anchored the overnight program “World News Now”.
“I’m honored to be a part of this latest evolution of the NEWSHOUR and hope to bring
the same intelligence and depth of our programming to weekend audiences however they choose to watch
and engage with us, on-air and online,” said Sreenivasan.
About the Executive Producer
Marc Rosenwasser will serve as executive producer of PBS NEWSHOUR WEEKEND. Mr. Rosenwasser has produced
network television news for more than 25 years, most recently serving as executive producer of “Need to
Know.” Prior to that, he was a senior producer for “CBS Evening News.” During a 16-year tenure at NBC
News, Mr. Rosenwasser served as executive editor of “Dateline,” executive producer of “Tom Brokaw
Reports” from 2001 to 2006 and senior broadcast producer of “Dateline” from 1994 to 2001. He spent seven
years as a writer and producer at ABC News and more than seven years at The Associated Press, where he
was a correspondent in Moscow for more than two years. Mr. Rosenwasser is a recipient of 23 Emmy Awards,
three duPont-Columbia Awards, a Peabody Award and a Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award. He holds a master’s
degree in journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.
PBS NEWSHOUR WEEKEND is made possible with support from PBS, the Corporation for
Public Broadcasting, Lewis B. Cullman and Louise Hirschfeld Cullman, Mutual of America, Judy and Josh Weston,
Citi Foundation, In Memory of Miriam and Ira D. Wallach, Cheryl and Philip Milstein Family, Rosalind P.
Walter, Betty and John Levin, the Vital Projects Fund, and Charlotte and David Ackert.
PBS, with its over 350 member stations, offers all Americans the opportunity to explore new ideas
and new worlds through television and online content. Each month, PBS reaches nearly 120 million people
through television and over 29 million people online, inviting them to experience the worlds of science,
history, nature and public affairs; to hear diverse viewpoints; and to take front row seats to world-class
drama and performances. PBS’ broad array of programs has been consistently honored by the industry’s most
coveted award competitions. Teachers of children from pre-K through 12th grade turn to PBS for digital
content and services that help bring classroom lessons to life. PBS’ premier children’s TV programming and
its website, pbskids.org, are parents’ and teachers’ most trusted partners
in inspiring and nurturing curiosity and love of learning in children. More information about PBS is available
at www.pbs.org, one of the leading
dot-org websites on the Internet, or by following PBS on Twitter,
Facebook or through our
apps for mobile devices.
About MacNeil-Lehrer Productions
MacNeil/Lehrer Productions (MLP) has been synonymous with depth, fairness, and innovation in broadcast
journalism since Robert MacNeil and Jim Lehrer teamed up to launch The MacNeil/Lehrer Report in 1975.
MLP currently produces the PBS NewsHour, one of the most trusted institutions in news, as well as
award-winning documentaries and non-fiction television programming for public, commercial and cable
television. PBS NewsHour, co-produced with WETA Washington, D.C. and in association with WNET in New
York, is seen on over 300 public television stations by over one million nightly viewers and is available
on the program’s website, on the NewsHour’s YouTube channel, via podcast, and via public radio in
select markets. Today, MLP also produces educational resources for students and teachers, civic forums
across the United States and e-books. MLP also produces coverage of United States elections, the State
of the Union address, national political conventions, and other major events for PBS. For more
information, visit www.macneil-lehrer.com.
In 2013, WNET is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of THIRTEEN, New York’s flagship public media
provider. As the parent company of THIRTEEN and WLIW21 and operator of NJTV, WNET brings quality arts,
education and public affairs programming to over 5 million viewers each week. WNET produces and presents
such acclaimed PBS series as Nature, Great Performances, American Masters, Charlie Rose and a range of
documentaries, children’s programs, and local news and cultural offerings available on air and online.
Pioneers in educational programming, WNET has created such groundbreaking series as Get the Math, Oh
Noah! and Cyberchase and provides tools for educators that bring compelling content to life in the
classroom and at home. WNET highlights the tri-state’s unique culture and diverse communities through
NYC-ARTS, Reel 13, NJ Today and MetroFocus, the multi-platform news magazine focusing on the New York
region. WNET is also a leader in connecting with viewers on emerging platforms, including the THIRTEEN
Explore iPad App where users can stream PBS content for free.
For further information contact Linda Miller, WTVP Vice President of
at (309) 495-0591 or firstname.lastname@example.org