KNPB stood almost alone

A follow-up to our previous report (“KNPB president chastised,” March 3) about KNPB, Reno’s public broadcasting television station, failing to carry the Feb. 18 Democratic presidential debate, sponsored by the Public Broadcasting System:

PBS ombudsman Larry Getler further reports that “every PBS member, with the exception of KNPB-Reno and Mississippi Public Broadcasting, carried the Democratic debate. Some delayed it until 11 p.m., and some put it on a multi-cast channel, or on only one channel if they are a dual licensee, but they did indeed deliver the program to their viewers in their market, PBS says.” That was a reply to an inquiry from columnist Andrew Barbano. (Incidentally, we previously identified Getler as the Corporation for Public Broadcasting ombudsman. He is the PBS ombudsman.)

In a related matter, Jeff Cotten at KJIV reports that his station is the only one in the state that carried a question-and-answer session at the University of Nevada, Reno that featured Sens. Bernie Sanders and Cory Booker (representing Hillary Clinton). It was broadcast live as it happened. KJIV in Sun Valley is a non-commercial station at 89.1 with a paid staff of one.