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‘Frontline’ Gets New Funding to Expand Investigative Reporting

frontline logo“Frontline,” PBS’ flagship investigative series produced by WGBH in Boston, has secured two new grants that will go toward a major expansion of investigative reporting across all the show’s platforms.

The first grant, $5 million from Jon and Jo Ann Hagler, is the single largest gift by an individual to “Frontline” in the show’s 30-year history. The majority of that will go toward a new endowment for continuing journalism. The second donation is a two-year, $800,000 grant from the Ford Foundation that will go toward a new cross-platform Enterprise Journalism Group.

“These two gifts are a vote of confidence in FRONTLINE’s ambitions for the future,” executive producer David Fanning said in a statement. “’We know that to keep doing significant investigative reporting we have to undertake a major effort to raise additional funds for the time-intensive and costly work of enterprise journalism. The generosity of the Haglers and new support from the Ford Foundation is an expression of optimism about the future of the series and the kind of journalism we practice, and need to keep expanding.”

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CBS, PBS and HBO Lead News And Documentary Emmy Winners

emmy-statue-slice-01The 34th News and Documentary Emmy Awards were handed out last night at Jazz at Lincoln Center, located in the Time Warner Center. “Frontline” EP David Fanning accepted a lifetime achievement Emmy, with presenters including Ted Koppel, Sharyl Attkisson, Candy Crowley, Katty Kay, David Muir and Alex Wagner.

CBS News was the night’s big winner, taking home 12 Emmy statues, more than CNN, ABC and NBC combined. PBS took home nine Emmys, HBO took home six, CNN took home three, Nat Geo and NBC News took home two, while ABC News, AXS, BBC News, History Channel, Discovery Channel, the NY Times and Science Channel all took home one.

For CBS, “60 Minutes” took home six of the 12 Emmys, honoring stories about the Bin Laden raid and violence in Syria. The “CBS Evening News” secured three Emmy statues, with “CBS Sunday Morning” drawing three Emmys, and “CBS This Morning” one.

Seven of PBS’ Emmys were for “Frontline,”not counting the lifetime achievement award, with the others for “American Experience” and “Nature.” All of HBO’s Emmys were for its long-form documentaries.

CNN won for its 2012 election coverage, Nick Walsh‘s reporting from the Middle East and an “AC360″ special on kids and race. NBC News won for its election coverage and its Syria coverage, while the sole ABC News Emmy went to “Nightline.”

All the winners can be seen here. You can also see the laudatory spin from the winning networks, after the jump.
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‘Frontline’ Prepares For The Future

The PBS investigative documentary series “Frontline” has named Raney Aronson deputy executive producer. The move is notable, as “Frontline” has been under the leadership of only one person, David Fanning, since it was created in 1983.

A Brian Stelter notes in the NY Times, Aronson’s promotion signals that she is the likely heir to the “Frontline” throne when Fanning decides to retire.

The news did not come as a surprise — Ms. Aronson has been managing much of the production of “Frontline” for the past five years — but as confirmation of Mr. Fanning’s intention to hand the series over to her sometime in the future. “The title deputy means someone appointed and empowered to act on behalf of another,” he wrote in an internal memo to the staff on Saturday. “It’s my pleasure to have her agree to do so on my behalf, and share the responsibility and privilege of guiding Frontline’s present and future.”

“Frontline” is produced by one of public television’s powerhouse stations, WGBH Boston, which also produces “Antiques Roadshow,” “Nova” and “Masterpiece.”

‘Frontline’ EP calls for creation of Journalism Fund

“Frontline” EP David Fanning was presented the 18th annual Fred Friendly First Amendment Award by Quinnipiac University today.

During his acceptance speech, Fanning called for the creation of a Public Journalism Fund with support from foundations, individuals, major donors and public money to hire the best journalists possible. “And make sure to bring in with them a new generation of young reporters who ared used to the daily demands, the drumbeat of reporting in the digital world,” Fanning said. “If we do this smartly, we will get a lot of attention. Public broadcasting will immediately become more relevant to the national conversation, attract some of the best talents in journalism, and capture a key piece of the journalism landscape.”

Click here to read Fanning’s speech in its entirety.