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July 29, 2013

Factors Once a Danger to PBS Now Gives System a Chance to Shine

When Discovery, The Learning Channel, History, Bravo, A&E and similar networks emerged, there was a real fear it could lead to the death of PBS. Each specialized network would pick off a portion of PBS’ audience for programs on science, nature, history and the arts. Founded as an alternative to commercial TV, PBS was losing what made it unique. Yet in the past few years, these cable networks discovered that it was much more profitable to create reality TV stars. PBS’ path was cleared, and it is making the most of its new chance.
July 29, 2013

Yet Another Puzzle for the Public TV Fundraisers

Turning conventional wisdom among public media fundraisers and researchers on its head, a recent PBS Research analysis found that donors who contribute the most money to public TV rarely if ever watch its programming. 
July 24, 2013

Three Reasons Finance Should Focus More on Business Intelligence

Many organizations recognize the value in harvesting data, whether the information is about customers’ buying habits or workers’ performance measures. But some of those companies haven’t been able to tap into the full potential of business intelligence, i.e., getting the right information from the data to make better business decisions. Here are three reasons finance should take over business intelligence.
July 8, 2013

CFOs Plan to Hire in Accounting, Finance and IT

A survey of CFOs, controllers, tax directors, human resource directors and other hiring managers released in June shows that companies expect to hire more staff in accounting, finance and information technology over the next quarter.
July 3, 2013

Netflix Extends PBS Pact, Scoring Two Exclusives

Beginning this fall, Netflix will exclusively offer “The Bletchley Circle,” a British murder mystery miniseries produced by London-based World Prods.  In 2014, Netflix will become the exclusive subscription video home of “Super Why!,” the PBS Kids preschool series aimed at helping tykes build literacy skills. Amazon, for its part, is paying PBS for exclusive streaming rights starting later this year on all seasons of “Downton Abbey.”
June 28, 2013

How to Have the IT Risk Conversation

There is a way to talk about IT risk — and understand risk — in terms that make sense to every manager. If you can remember four A's (availability, access, accuracy, agility), you have the framing for a productive conversation with your IT counterparts. You can come to common understanding about what IT risks are most important, what causes them, and what you'll do about them.
June 20, 2013

Philadelphia Joins National Music Day on Friday

More than 130 free performances at more than 50 venues throughout the city will be part of Make Music Philly day, Philadelphia's first participation in National Music Day. The event, born in France, came to the United States in 2006 and has grown to include municipalities such as New York, Chicago, Santa Fe, N.M., and Kalamazoo, Mich. The Philadelphia event is cosponsored by the city's Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy and University of Pennsylvania station WXPN-FM (88.5). Station manager Roger LaMay first got excited about the idea in the fall at a National Public Radio board meeting in Washington.
June 18, 2013

NPR Shows Off New Facility

NPR recently moved from Chinatown into its new 400,000 square-foot home on North Capitol, and they’re excited about it. Eager to show off the new facility, the organization offered a tour to members of the media Tuesday morning, starting with breakfast from their in-house chefs, along with some talking points from CEO Gary Knell, who outlined some impressive features of the space.
June 17, 2013

4 Reasons Your Employees Should Attend Conferences

Attending a conference isn't all about personal and career development. Here's what else employees should be doing.
June 17, 2013

The Web Cookie is Dying. Here's the Creepier Technology That Comes Next

It may raise hackles to think that U.S. intelligence officials might be monitoring your telephone  and Internet communications, but for most of us it’s only the marketers who are really interested in our everyday online activities. And with many billions of dollars at stake, companies are increasingly turning to more sophisticated techniques to identify potential clients and deliver relevant advertising.