Respected Journalist Bill Moyers created a documentray about the 2013 GOP take over in NC. Rather than let the facts speak for themselves, UNC-TV has elected to not air it, effectively blacking it out in the state where it is set.
With PBS not airing it in NC, and even DirecTV not showing it, one has to wonder how liberal the Public Broadcasting really is.
Here's the article, and a link to the documentary:
You can also find it on www.billmoyers.com
Today, I got an email from listener, George, who wrote the following email to UNC-TV, after hearing the story on my show yesterday and getting irrate:
I learned just yesterday when listening to “880 the Revolution” on AM radio in Asheville, that UNC-TV blacked out the airing of “NC: State of Conflict” in the entire state over the regular airwave channels. Let me say that as a longtime contributor to UNC-TV, most recently on 12/31/13, I find your decision not to air this program highly reprehensible. Airing it over UNC-TV’s MX channel is a cop out and a weasel like way to say that yes, the program was aired. Programs such as this are not appropriate content for the MX channel which concentrates on outdoor topics, science, and travel.
UNC-TV’s MX channel schedule is not printed in Centerpiece magazine and is not readily available to the viewing public. Also, I just found out that I missed both “dead space” airtimes that were selected for this documentary on the MX channel.
The station management’s decision amounts to political censorship. Has Gov. McCrory’s administration intimidated UNC-TV to such a degree that controversial political topics will now be sent to a black hole so the public cannot see or debate what is really happening?
Like other contributors, this decision will make me reconsider any future possibilities to financially support UNC-TV.
Additionally, George got a reply from UNC-TV:
Thank you for your interest in UNC-TV. In response to your inquiry, contrary to some published reports, UNC-TV did not "black out" or "bury" the Moyers and Company episode entitled "State of Conflict: North Carolina," which was broadcast on UNC-TV's digital channel UNC-MX on Friday, January 3 at 10 p.m., and repeated on UNC-MX on Saturday, January 4 at 6 p.m. In fact, the Moyers and Company series has been broadcast on UNC-MX since the inception of the series in January 2012 -- a fact which should be familiar to regular viewers of the program. Historically, the program has been broadcast on Friday nights, repeating on Saturday afternoon. This was also the case with the earlier Moyers series Bill Moyers' Journal, which was carried on UNC-MX from October of 2009 until the series ended in April of 2010, so there is a well-established history of programs produced by Bill Moyers being carried on UNC-MX.
Furthermore, an on-demand streaming video file of the program about North Carolina is still available for viewing on the UNC-TV web site, and here is a link to where it can be viewed: http://video.unctv.org/search/?q=Moyers . It is also available online on the Moyers and Company web site, and here is a link to that video file: http://billmoyers.com/episode/full-show-state-of-conflict-north-carolina/ .
UNC-MX is one of four channels provided by UNC-TV, and features several kinds of programming, including a number of public affairs programs like Moyers and Company. For future reference, the producers of Moyers and Company have changed the format of the program from one hour to 30 minutes, so going forward the program will air at 10 p.m. on Friday nights and repeat at 6 p.m. on Wednesdays on UNC-MX.
Because of technological limitations, currently UNC-MX is only available to cable television subscribers, and not to over-the-air viewers. However, because of improvements in available technology, UNC-TV anticipates being able to broadcast UNC-MX over the air sometime in the first half of this year.
We regret if there was any confusion about the availability of the program, and we urge viewers who wish to see it to take advantage of its availability on our web site.
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And, finally, here's George's reply to the UNC-TV reply:
Thanks for your response, but I am not satisfied with the answer. Broadcasting potentially controversial programs such as this on a channel which is not widely available to the general public is a cowardly way of bowing to corporate pressure. I don’t agree with it at all, and I urge you to reconsider how controversial topics are handled. We need more public debate and discourse, and this is not the way to do it.
Take it however you want, it looks like UNC-TV is more willing to play ball with the Pope and Pat regime, than serve the public.