Written by: Tom Rieland
Date: August 27, 2012

If you’re watching broadcast television during the GOP or Democratic conventions and want to see more than cursory coverage, you better tune to PBS or NPR.  The commercial networks will broadcast an hour of convention coverage each night and that’s about it.

Sure, there are fewer smoke filled rooms at conventions any longer and very little suspense, but as USA Today quoted a Professor today, “This is appointment television.”  No matter your political affiliation, there is something about watching the convention speeches that is still enthralling.

Watch PBS to see the team of Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff  – the first ever all-female anchor team to lead a network’s political convention coverage.  PBS will offer substantially more prime time coverage than any other broadcaster airing each night of the conventions from8-11PM.  NPR News will continue its extensive multimedia coverage of Election 2012 with live broadcasts and online coverage of the conventions. Be sure to tune in to 89.7 FM every morning for a full report on convention news.

WOSU will  have a strong online presence for Campaign 2012 featuring our own reporting on the presidential and senate race here in Ohio as well as pull in resources from PBS and NPR. I especially like the PBS Newshour Electoral Map that shows the presidential race as a real tossup.  Check it out and tell us what you think!


    The premise is faulty. NPR does not depend on federal funds. Local stations depend on federal funds and that’s where federal funds go. Each local station is governed by its own local community and provides programming for its local community per its local board policies and its community advisory boards, based on local needs and interests. Each station chooses to buy, or not buy, programs from individual production companies and producers, for example, American Public Media, Public Media International, NPR, Association of Independents in Public radio, etc. Each station also produces its own programs. Some local stations, mostly in rural and smaller communities, depend on federal funds for up to 50% of their budget. Stations in the larger markets may get less than 5% federal funds. So to cut federal dollars is to prevent the smallest communities the opportunity to have locally controlled public media. Based on the facts, the discussion is very different from the one being presented.