Moyers to Return to PBS With Weekly Show

The Associated Press
Saturday, January 13, 2007; 10:59 PM

PASADENA, Calif. -- Bill Moyers is returning to PBS in April with a weekly public affairs series, "Bill Moyers Journal," that resurrects the name of his first public television series for a new century.

Moyers, 72, did two specials for PBS last year, and both the work and response "whetted my appetite for more."

"People keep writing or stopping me on the street to suggest stories that are not being reported and voices that are not being heard," said the former press secretary for President Lyndon Johnson. "A lot of Americans long for more than conventional wisdom, celebrity pundits, predictable opinions and safe analysis of the obvious."

The first episode on April 25 discusses the role of the press before the invasion of Iraq.

Moyers left his previous weekly series, "Now with Bill Moyers," in 2004. It became a center of controversy when it was revealed that the Corporation for Public Broadcasting was monitoring the show for the political leanings of its guests.

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting directs federal dollars to the Public Broadcasting Service, National Public Radio and hundreds of public radio and television stations.

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