COMING TOGETHER in NEW WAYS
GBH exists to serve our community, especially in difficult times. In 2020, amid a raging pandemic, a long-overdue reckoning on racial inequities and a divisive election, we all had to make dramatic changes in our daily lives and find new ways to engage with each other. Joining with our partners and audiences, GBH was part of reinventing what a community can and needs to be, as our shared worlds — our Town Squares — transformed into Zoom squares and computer, television and mobile screens. Together, we worked to break down barriers and create new opportunities for gathering and connection.
But how we innovate, and for what purpose, evolves and changes. The social distancing challenges of 2020 demanded a new kind of creativity to connect and engage with our community. As the year unfolded, we listened and looked for what was missing and worked hard to help reinvent ways to share experiences together. Because our audiences are engaging with us across a range of media — no longer solely on television and radio — we updated our name and logo to drop the broadcast-centric W. We strive to ensure our content is available, where and when people want to consume it.
This annual report documents a year of GBH working to fulfill the needs we all have in common: to be heard and seen, to have a voice and to be connected.
Within days of the pandemic lockdown, GBH began to create new engagement with our communities:
- For parents, teachers and students, we launched distance learning resources online, and on air for those without broadband access.
- We expanded our digital community and invited everyone to join in our array of programming and events that engage, illuminate and inspire.
- Across all our platforms and programming, we addressed systemic racism, polarization and disinformation, recognizing that inequities are deep and we need to do even more.
- We created programs that put trust in science and scientific inquiry so people can understand our changing world.
- We offered digital and broadcast platforms for diverse viewpoints and to help bridge divides.
- We provided new and reinvented opportunities to experience music and art online.
The murder of George Floyd and the COVID-19 crisis have shown us how stark our society’s inequities are. As the country’s largest producer of public media programming, GBH has a responsibility as a content creator and presenter to stand against racism and inequity in both the work we do, and how we do it. Now more than ever, GBH is redoubling efforts to represent diverse voices and tell everyone’s stories. We continue to use our local programs, educational resources and national reach to deepen understanding, foster dialogue and create shared experiences. Our commitment is unequivocal: to be a public media organization that responds to, represents and includes the diversity of our community so that we all can grow. For GBH, it’s not just the work we do, but it’s also how we do it. We are striving for even greater diversity among our staff, our vendors and our storytellers — those on both sides of the cameras and microphones.
At a time when we are physically apart, GBH worked to strengthen the enduring bonds that unify us all as Americans and as citizens of the Commonwealth. No matter what challenges we face, GBH holds true to its mission, connecting people when we need it the most.
For GBH, it’s really about attending to what our community's needs are, what information is needed and how best to present it. What do we owe the community in order to make sure that we're putting out thoughtful, high-quality programming?
2020 was arguably one of the most consequential years for journalists and citizens alike. Delivering trustworthy, in-depth reporting was even more essential during the unfolding global pandemic, protests over racial inequalities in the U.S. and a volatile presidential election season. GBH rose to the challenge, delivering broadcast programs, podcasts, virtual forums and radio reporting, connecting us all to each other and to the issues of the day. This year, GBH News was awarded five 2020 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards, including one for overall excellence. The National Association of Black Journalists awarded GBH's Callie Crossley a 2020 Salute to Excellence Award for her commentary and Basic Black for an episode on men of color and mental health. GBH News launched two pandemic specials, COVID and the Classroom, a year-long project following the journey of three high school seniors, and In It Together, a daily live call-in radio show that invites experts, doctors, patients and community leaders to explore and digest the day's COVID-19 news. Throughout 2020, we worked to ensure voters of all ages and ethnicities were informed on the candidates, the ballot questions and the issues. FRONTLINE, our flagship investigative journalism program that has won every major journalism and broadcasting award, produced more than 20 documentaries and nearly 30 podcast episodes. It is the fastest growing PBS series on YouTube, where millions of people sought its films, quadrupling streaming numbers in 2020.
Journalism that Reflects Our Community
Flexibility, experimentation and rapid deployment of new ideas were needed in 2020 more than ever to ensure vital information was provided to our community. There is no greater test of the media's role in upholding transparency and educating the electorate than a presidential election year. GBH takes this mandate to heart. During 2020, GBH News held virtual events to ensure voters were prepared for the election, including news forums on bridging the partisan divide, polling and spotting fake news and our MA ballot question primer. GBH News welcomed Pam Johnston as general manager for news, who is building on a strong foundation of quality and award-winning local journalism.
FRONTLINE's Continuing Leadership
Continuing its legacy of award-winning journalism, FRONTLINE investigated a wide array of issues this year with characteristic depth and toughness. In more than 20 documentaries and podcast episodes on COVID-19, the series examined how America's outbreak became the worst in the world, investigated pandemic responses in the U.S. and across the globe, and uncovered hidden stories of the outbreak's toll. The series investigated the prospects for police reform in the wake of George Floyd's killing, chronicled the rise of conspiracy theories in American politics and delivered a powerful slate of documentaries including The Choice 2020: Trump vs. Biden. The series broadened its podcast footprint by expanding "The FRONTLINE Dispatch" and launching a new audio series, "I'm Not a Monster," with the BBC, investigating the truth about an American woman's journey to the heart of ISIS territory with her family. FRONTLINE also supported and co-published dozens of vital local stories as part of an initiative to strengthen investigative reporting in areas of the country where it is endangered, publishing more than 100 extended interviews with sources as part of a commitment to journalistic transparency. It also became the first U.S. public media organization to join The Trust Project, a global consortium of news organizations that implement global standards of transparency to help audiences evaluate the quality, integrity and reliability of journalism. The series had its biggest year yet for film streams, with Amazon Empire becoming its most streamed film of all time (11 million). Over the course of 2020, FRONTLINE was honored with two Peabody Awards, four Emmy Awards, two duPont-Columbia Awards and a Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award among other prestigious accolades.
Because of GBH, our narrow fields of view widen. We hear the voices of neighbors and those of more distant folk, here and abroad.
Multiplatform COVID-19 Reporting
For high school seniors, COVID interrupted their long-awaited capstone events and celebrations. In September, GBH News launched COVID and the Classroom, a year-long multiplatform journalism initiative exploring the impact of the global pandemic on high school seniors attending public school in different Massachusetts communities. Throughout the 2020-21 school year, GBH News is following three high school seniors from across the state, who have diverse backgrounds and experiences, to capture their journey from the first day of school through graduation day. Reporters are examining the impact of the pandemic on the students, their families and their communities through interviews with their teachers, parents and others, and students will file their own digital diaries throughout the year. These stories will be told across multiple platforms, including digital, radio and television.
Connecting with Listeners
In March, GBH launched a new nightly news program In It Together, which has built a community for listeners to connect with each other and with experts, doctors, patients and community leaders who interpret the day's COVID-19 news and take calls from listeners. Executive editor and host Arun Rath was recognized by Boston Magazine as the Best Radio Personality of 2020. The program, which is also available as a podcast, covered topics including: promising COVID-19 research, how the pandemic has affected homeless populations in Boston, challenges faced by low income and immigrant families (both documented and undocumented), growing food insecurity and challenges faced by people with developmental disabilities. Since the pandemic took hold, other GBH programs, including Basic Black, Greater Boston and Boston Public Radio have each week discussed all of the ways that COVID-19 has affected our communities, from unemployment to economic disparities for Black business owners and distance learning for children.
In addition to its daily news coverage, GBH News offered voters the opportunity to dig into the election issues with a variety of events and resources: breaking down the ballot questions and disseminating information about polling places, voting options and rules. A special Election Resources collection was updated regularly, and a new four-part series produced by the GBH Forum Network took on misinformation and fake news, election polling and political polarization. In February, before COVID restrictions went into place, GBH hosted the first primary debate between Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey and his challenger Rep. Joe Kennedy III in our Brighton studio. We invited in a range of community members, including the debate team Debate en Español from Brighton High School. As the coach later said, the students' eyes were opened to the energy of live debate and the importance of election choices. "It's hard to describe the effect that experience had on our students," he said. Election week coverage culminated with Election 2020: What's Next, a two-hour, multiplatform special with GBH News hosts Jim Braude, Margery Eagan, Joe Mathieu, Arun Rath and guests.
Empowering Young Voters
Internet Expert was another innovation in community-building, designed to bring our Generation Z audience together. Using a social TV game show format, the YouTube series engaged them in the democratic process. Contestants competed in a series of head-to-head challenges, designed to empower young voters with the knowledge and tools they need to vote with confidence. Throughout, participants and viewers learned about the voting process, campaign finance and how to spot misinformation or deception in political ads.
With the proliferation of misinformation and conspiracy theories, GBH doubled down on reporting about hate speech, disinformation and media manipulation, curating a resource page to combat disinformation and to encourage media literacy. GBH WORLD launched the six-episode Pulling the Thread, which unravels some of America's most popular conspiracy theories to reveal the emotional, cognitive and social forces that lead rational people to believe irrational things.
Awards, Impact and Expansion
GBH News' Basic Black, the longest running program on public television about communities of color, was awarded the prestigious 2020 Governor's Award from the New England Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. "The Color of Public Money," an ongoing investigative series from the GBH News Center for Investigative Reporting, prompted a state policy change when it reported a 24% decrease in the value of state contract awards won by minority-owned firms over the past two decades. Following the report's subsequent findings, Governor Baker announced new legislation that would authorize the state to make minority contracting a priority. To expand our reach across the Commonwealth and provide local news coverage to an underserved area, GBH News opened a Worcester Bureau and joined a first-ever collaboration with WBUR to deliver local news reporting for NPR's "Consider This" podcast.
NCAM and Voting Accessibility
Our Carl and Ruth Shapiro Family National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM) played a key role in improving the accessibility of voting information and the voting experience itself for the more than 35 million U.S. voters who have a disability. Since 2010, NCAM has worked with the Massachusetts Secretary of State's office to make online voter registration accessible, especially to voters who may be using assistive technology, such as wheelchairs, hearing aids and screen readers. Most recently, NCAM worked with a Brookline-based developer, to ensure that its voting app, long used by overseas military personnel, extends to voters with disabilities.
2020 made it abundantly clear that science and technology are both enhancing and disrupting our society and planet. NOVA, the most-watched science series on primetime television, continued to excel in telling the stories of scientists wrestling with the complexities of COVID-19, climate change and artificial intelligence. GBH’s science films, podcasts, digital series, along with live virtual events, demystified complex ideas that are impacting our lives. Polar Extremes revealed the bizarre history of the poles from warm polar forests to miles-thick ice sheets. In the companion digital series Antarctic Extremes, NOVA reporters joined scientists living and working in Antarctica to discover the surprises of everyday life in one of the most extreme environments on the earth. The 10-part series has had more than 6 million views since launching in 2020.
Science for Our Times
As we all cope with the challenges of our changing world, one thing has been a constant — the critical relevance of science, not only as we confront the largest pandemic of our lifetimes, but also the ongoing climate change crisis. Science literacy influences our participation in civic and community affairs, and it provides a context for addressing societal problems, allowing everyone to make intelligent and informed decisions. NOVA remained committed to producing in-depth science programming in the form of one-hour documentaries and long-form mini-series, covering the latest breakthroughs in technology and the deepest mysteries of the natural world.
Throughout the pandemic, NOVA produced dozens of pieces of digital content to provide a deeper understanding of COVID-19—including videos, articles, email newsletters and podcast episodes—coverage that has reached 15.5 million people. Among those were primers on the science behind coronavirus testing and RNA vaccine development. The film Decoding COVID-19 covered in real time the unprecedented global effort to understand and contain the virus — and find a treatment and vaccine for the disease it causes.
Can We Cool the Planet?
With the Earth's temperature on the rise, researchers are working urgently not only to stop CO2 from being released into the atmosphere but also to remove or counteract the warming that has already occurred from CO2. In Can We Cool the Planet? NOVA introduced scientists and engineers from around the world who are developing new technologies to mimic Earth's operating system — from manipulating our atmosphere to reflect more sunlight, to building machines that suck carbon dioxide right out of the air, to planting trees to do the job for us.
New Media, New Audiences
To support the needs of young parents, NOVA created Parentalogic, co-hosted by pediatrician/journalist Alok Patel and comedian/parent Bethany Van Delft. This lighthearted and science-supported digital series dives into the health and science of babies and childhood with humor. NOVA’s first podcast, "NOVA Now," also hosted by Patel, explores the science behind the important news stories driving national conversations — from the pandemic crisis to DNA privacy.
NOVA is one of the most universally respected brands out there. It is not pushing an agenda. It’s about using science to stir people's imaginations.
NOVA for Students
After NOVA Science Studio's successful pilot with Boston teens in 2019, a new cycle launched in 2020, engaging a cohort of 30 students across the country in virtual workshops on science communication and video production. We also launched the interactive Polar Lab, a new addition to the NOVA Labs platform that encourages students to actively participate in the scientific process through data-based games about Earth's climate. As schools continued to meet virtually due to the pandemic, NOVA Education organized virtual field trips, allowing students to hear directly from scientists about their research, observe live experiments and discuss STEM career pathways on NOVA Education's Facebook and YouTube pages.
In 2020, GBH Studio Six released two important scientific films: a two-hour special Blood Sugar Rising, that highlighted America’s hidden and rapidly growing diabetes epidemic; and H20: The Molecule that Made Us, a three-part series on our dependence on water. H20 was presented as a podcast-style documentary, revealing how water underpins every aspect of our existence. The series, which had trans-Atlantic appeal, earned the Best Series Panda Award during the U.K.’s virtual Wildscreen Festival, widely considered the Oscars of the natural history world. It also was recognized for Best Limited Series at the Jackson Wild Media Awards, the Wyoming-based wildlife film festival. Blood Sugar Rising, narrated by acclaimed actress S. Epatha Merkerson, reached 2.3 million television viewers and more than a half-million viewers on YouTube, with strong ratings in the communities of color that are heavily impacted by the epidemic. To support this effort, the film was captioned in Spanish for bilingual audiences. Blood Sugar Rising also focused on reaching medical and healthcare workers.
Children's Media & Education
GBH always has worked to increase access to quality educational programming and resources among all children, particularly those in underserved communities. This year, with schools closed and all communities in need of educational resources, GBH sprang into action. Answering the call from the Massachusetts Department of Education, we launched a distance learning resource center both online and on air. For students without devices or broadband access, we created the broadcast of a daily five-hour educational television block on GBH WORLD for middle and high school students. The programming had a reach of 1.4M viewers nationally, 172,000 of whom were youths ages 2-17. Our breakthrough multiplatform series Molly of Denali, the first nationally distributed children's series to feature an Alaska Native lead character, was recognized with the 2020 Television Critics Association award for Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming and the 2020 George Foster Peabody award in Children's Programming.
Engaging and Educational
Long a leader in producing award-winning children's and youth media and classroom materials for PBS, GBH continued to deliver programming and services for parents, students and educators as they reimagined their lives and schooling in 2020. GBH Education drew on its deep relationships with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Department of Early Education and Care to respond rapidly to educators', students' and families' needs. And our children's media work branched out to embrace the worlds of Millennials and Generation Z with practical, engaging online content.
Podcasts and Games
For Molly of Denali fans, GBH created a new podcast, which has had over 107 million streams, and 4.2 million podcast video streams. New Molly games have had more than 17 million plays online and via the PBS KIDS Games app. Our interactive digital series Scribbles and Ink has been the top played app game with more than 1.3 million plays, a testament to the power of building online engagement and community, especially during a pandemic lockdown.
Reaching Across the State
To help children continue to learn and have fun over the summer, GBH provided Family Fun at Home/Diversion en Familia y en Casa, a Spanish/English kit filled with beloved PBS characters in games, videos, hands-on activities and apps. GBH ensured that copies were broadly distributed across the state through the Coordinated Family and Community Engagement (CFCE) grantees, resource and referral agencies, and regional offices of the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care. The booklet and other activities are also available online.
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Reaching Across the Country
When schools across the nation closed in March, GBH Education responded by creating resources for K-12 teachers and students across the country. We created a Distance Learning Center, which curated some of our free, trusted digital resources from PBS LearningMedia, a preK-12 collection of resources that are aligned to national and state standards. In the spring of 2020 alone, usage increased by almost 200%, with 35.3 million pageviews on PBS LearningMedia and an almost 500% increase in interactive lesson usage.
Building Teacher Communities
GBH Education stepped up to help teachers adjust to the new realities and to connect with each other. The new virtual Educator Peer Exchanges brought teachers together to share ideas, concerns and resources as they developed skills in delivering distance learning. In June, with the national reckoning on racial injustice and violence, the series continued, with hundreds of educators attending forums where they could discuss equitable, inclusive and anti-racist instruction, have classroom conversations about race and learn from experts about culturally and historically responsive education.
The Parents' Choice Foundation, the nation's oldest nonprofit guide to children's media and toys, announced its 2020 Television Parents' Choice Award winners, and three GBH productions were recognized with honors: Arthur and Molly of Denali each earned a Parents' Choice Gold Award, and Pinkalicious & Peterrific won the Parents' Choice Approved Seal. Judges include parents, grandparents, librarians, educators, writers, artists, musicians, performing artists and children.
Inspiring Young People
Working with youth groups and middle school classrooms across Massachusetts, GBH is developing Youth Stand Up. This youth civics initiative uses multimedia tools to inspire adolescents to equip them with civics skills and knowledge and empower them to engage in social change in their communities. In December, GBH tested the civics curriculum and educational media with eighth graders in Boston's Mattapan neighborhood.
To enable graduating seniors from the 668 public and private schools across the Commonwealth to share in their accomplishment, GBH created a special virtual ceremony featuring student-submitted videos, Massachusetts celebrities and a commencement address by Governor Charlie Baker. The community celebration was broadcast across the Commonwealth on GBH 2 in Greater Boston and on partner station WGBY/New England Public Media in western Massachusetts. Both stations streamed the program on their websites and social media platforms. And, in a first-ever cooperation, every Boston TV station carried the program simultaneously, along with many community access channels - reinventing celebration and community for high school students and their families across Massachusetts.
History, Arts & Culture
Music and arts touch the heart of public life, and GBH offers its audiences an unrivaled panorama of cultural delights. With entertainment venues darkened during the pandemic, GBH brought our communities' arts and culture scene into people's homes through virtual events, interviews and special concerts. On Memorial Day weekend, in the GBH Fraser Performance Studio, Yo-Yo Ma played an arresting, live, solo performance of the complete Bach Cello Suites — a tribute to lives lost to COVID-19 and the resilience of first responders — that was streamed worldwide. In a salute to the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE's The Vote charted American women's determined march to the ballot box. The film was accompanied by an ambitious community outreach and engagement campaign with multiple partners across the nation.
Restorative Power of Community
As the largest producer of PBS content for television and the web, GBH makes a special contribution to our communities. This year, more than many others, we all depended on the restorative power of the arts and reflected more deeply on the bonds that we share in our towns, cities and country. Whether convening virtually, online or via broadcast, our programs and events delivered diverse viewpoints that engaged, enlightened and inspired. Over the course of the year, our GBH community kept growing, with larger attendance and more diverse audiences and participants. In sharing this common ground, we were able to experience connection — a refreshing counterpoint to the isolation of the pandemic. GBH's new digital offerings — including intimate "At Home" events with leading personalities such as Keith Lockhart, Chris Kimball, Rick Steves, Jim Braude and Margery Eagan or GBH WORLD's personal Meet the Makers series — provided opportunities to experience the enduring bonds that unify us all.
During this year of deep reflection about racial inequality, GBH launched a digital series, The State of Race, in partnership with The Boston Globe, NAACP Boston Branch and GBH WORLD. This forum for community engagement and discussion examined and addressed the impact racial disparities have had in Massachusetts on key issues such as COVID-19, education and police reform. Three of the forums were later broadcast on GBH 2. GBH WORLD with Independent Lens co-presented The History of White People in America, a three-part, music-infused animated series that tells the history of how skin became race, and race became power. The series captures the truth of what it means to be American and deepens the conversation about our racial history.
Sharing Art with the Community
Even as performance venues were shut down and remained that way, our audiences could turn to GBH for the arts. Working collaboratively with community artists and organizations, GBH provided access to the incomparable GBH Fraser Performance Studio and its production team to create hundreds of hours of streamed musical content, taped new episodes of Open Studio with Jared Bowen and worked with local arts groups to increase online access to music and cultural experiences. Partnering with Huntington Theatre Company, GBH 2 aired its production of Mala, starring Melinda Lopez. Each week more than a quarter million people listen to and find comfort in CRB Classical 99.5, the region's leading 24/7 source of classical music — via broadcast and online.
Listeners and viewers all over the world joined Yo-Yo Ma's Memorial Day performance of the complete Bach Cello Suites at the GBH Fraser Performance Studio. Produced with COVID-safe preparation, the performance drew 40,000 viewers on Ma's YouTube channel alone. It was broadcast on GBH 2 and CRB Classical 99.5 and aired on more than 150 radio stations across the U.S.
In December, GBH and the Handel and Haydn Society (H+H) joined forces to produce Handel's "Messiah" For Our Time, a once-in-a-lifetime musical and visual tour de force that defied myriad technical, public health and logistical challenges—broadcast on GBH 2 and streamed on YouTube, Facebook, wgbh.org, classicalWCRB.org and handelandhaydn.org. The COVID-safe, video recording of the legendary holiday classic, which has been performed by H+H every year since 1854, allowed viewers around the world to connect and share during an unprecedented performance. The production was achieved using robotic cameras, singing masks were worn by the chorus and soloists and strict COVID protocols ensured safety for all. The production drew nearly 150,000 views.
In addition to its legendary films, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE in 2020 produced a suite of digital shorts, interactives, image galleries and interviews to complement its programming and engage audiences across platforms. In 2020, GBH welcomed Cameo George as the new executive producer. The series continues to seek new partnerships with diverse filmmakers to further broaden the scope of content around the social, cultural and political challenges of our times.
Complementing the broadcast of The Vote, GBH invited our audiences to join a virtual conversation featuring former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, to discuss the history of the women's suffrage movement, what it reveals about the mechanics of American democracy and how it connects to other campaigns for equality. Other key films of the year included McCarthy, The Poison Squad, The Man Who Tried to Feed the World and George W. Bush, Parts 1 and 2.
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On the cusp of its 50th season, MASTERPIECE in 2020 rolled out a varied selection of drama, including Sanditon, based on Jane Austen's last, unfinished novel, along with the miniseries Flesh and Blood and Roadkill. The MASTERPIECE Studio podcast won a 2020 Webby Award. With more than 12 million downloads since its 2016 launch, the podcast features exclusive interviews with the cast and creatives.
During the pandemic, GBH created and cultivated new communities, providing opportunities for audiences to talk, cook, discuss and enjoy the arts together. The 2020 debut of the Beyond the Page book club saw discussions with authors of novels and nonfiction, including Francesca Momplaisir's My Mother's House and How to Educate a Citizen by E.D. Hirsch Jr. In a year of physical disconnection, Stories from the Stage used technology to deliver home-based storytelling that broadened our minds, lifted our spirits and gave us hope.
ANTIQUES ROADSHOW Companion Podcast
Ever wonder what happens to all that stuff on American's favorite antiques show once the cameras leave town? DETOURS podcast creator and host Adam Monahan, a longtime producer for GBH's ANTIQUES ROADSHOW, takes viewers on a journey of TV treasures, secrets, surprises and discoveries from behind the scenes of the hit series.
For Gen Z and Millennials
Tapping into the interests of Generation Z and Millennial age groups, GBH piloted Keep It Social, a national weekly YouTube series focusing on social and digital media issues and trends. For tweens, an often-overlooked audience, GBH launched a new podcast, "The Creeping Hour." Produced for Halloween in 2019 and re-released for Halloween 2020, the pilot podcast offered content for kids 8-12 who have loved but outgrown GBH children's programs. As an immediate response to the pandemic, GBH also launched Career Hacks, an entertaining and informative digital series for high school and college graduates offering tips on how to effectively search for a job and work from home. Hosted by YouTube influencer Camille Johnson, the series delivered relevant, accessible, to-the-point episodes containing light-hearted but content-rich interviews with experts.
Chat Plays GBH
The Emerging Platforms initiative created Chat Plays GBH, which brought some of GBH's most-loved programs to new audiences at home during a five-hour interactive live streaming variety show produced across Twitch, YouTube and Facebook. This innovative digital event showcased the different forms of interactive live streaming, an emerging genre of media that melds television, social media and gaming into an engaging participant experience. GBH productions such as NOVA, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW, Arthur and Joyce Chen Cooks participated.
The year 2020 required all of us to regroup and recalibrate. The COVID-19 lockdown prompted a rapid pivot across all of our programs, events and services, and our nation’s reckoning with racism prompted us to deeply reflect and commit to making meaningful changes in our programming and how we operate. With donor and community support, we have retained our strength and stability in our role as the nation’s premier public media organization and the largest creator of educational and cultural content for PBS.Continue to Financials
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