In February 2014, Indie Caucus sent a letter to WETA, the flagship public television in Washington, D.C., regarding the scheduling of PBS documentary series Independent Lens and P.O.V. We subsequently met with WETA representatives Rick Schneider, Chief Operating Officer, and Kevin Harris, Station Manager, in July 2014 to discuss this issue.
Following up on this discussion, and in the light of noticing changes to their schedule for certain documentaries on these strands, Indie Caucus recently sent a new letter to WETA, which is printed below.
Dear Rick Schneider & Kevin Harris:
We were encouraged to see that WETA broadcast The Act of Killing on Monday at 10 PM, consistent with the national schedule. We’re hoping this signals more such programming in the future.
As you know, the indie strands took four of the 11 Emmy awards garnered by PBS recently, underscoring their vitality and contribution to public television.
We’re working to strengthen our ties with PBS and local stations throughout the country. We look forward to continuing the conversation we started this summer on WETA’s scheduling of indies.
Very truly yours,
In response to this letter, WETA has clarified that after meeting with Indie Caucus representatives in July, the station decided to move Independent Lens from Saturdays to Mondays, generally at 11:00 PM. However, WETA will continue to shift some films to Mondays at 10:00 PM "because they are more high-profile, or designated for common carriage by PBS, or just work better in a different slot, in [WETA's] opinion."
While we'll continue to work to move Independent Lens and P.O.V. to 10PM, we encourage audiences in DC to tune in to WETA and catch indies on Monday nights.