Paula Kerger

Quietly (of course), "British Bake Off" nears its PBS finale


Lately, PBS has offered dazzling settings ("Kingdoms of the Sky"), complex dramas ("Endeavour") and a gripping look at modern-day hatred ("Frontline"), Still, some of its success comes from quiet shows like "Antiques Roadshow" and "The Great British Bake Off." Now the latter is ending its PBS run, Aug. 10 and 17; here's the story I sent to papers:

By Mike Hughes

It's been a re-invention era for PBS and its president

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Somehow, we don't expect change at PBS. We expect the same faces -- from Fred Rogers to English kings -- to be there eternally. But during her 12 years as head of the network, Paula Kerger has brought a subtle transformation. Here's the story I sent to papers:

By Mike Hughes

Lately, PBS has been
asking people to name their favorite book.

Now it's all-kids, all-day (really)


For some families, this is the biggest news to arrive lately: Suddenly, PBS' kid shows -- good ones, mostly -- will be available any time. That's true over-the-air in much of the country and via streaming anywhere. Here's the stories I sent to papers:

By Mike Hughes

PASADENA -- We all
know the feeling: It's 11 p.m., time to unwind; you pour some wine
and catch the “BooBoo Busters” episode of “Sesame Street.”

For Audra McDonald, the New York dreams came true


Amazing things happen when Audra McDonald steps to the microphone. She flawlessly ranges from Broadway to classical, from whimsical or deeply emotional. Now she has a PBS concert special Friday; here's the story I sent to papers:

By MIKE HUGHES

Growing up a continent away, Audra
McDonald was sure she wanted to be in New York. She wanted to be on
Broadway and on the Lincoln Center stages.