MacNeil-Lehrer Prods., owner and co-producer of PBS NewsHour, is in talks with Washington D.C. public TV station WETA about taking it over. The station already is the co-producing partner of the program currently owned by the production company founded by its original anchors, Jim Lehrer and Robert MacNeil. These days, MacNeil/Lehrer Productions is majority owned by Liberty Media, notes The New York Times. WETA’s maybe best known as the home of Ken Burns. This summer, NewsHour named Judy Woodruff and Gwen Ifill co-anchors of the weekday program and Hari Sreenivasan anchor of a new weekend edition produced by New York’s public TV station WNET. That move came weeks after some NewsHour staff was laid off and domestic bureaus shut.
PBS this morning named Gwin Ifill and Judy Woodruff — the stars of its most recent presidential election coverage – co-anchors and managing editors of Newshour. It marks the first time two women are co-anchoring the evening newscast on a major US television network, PBS chief Paula Kerger noted at Summer TV Press Tour 2013, then said she “almost” paused in drawing attention to that factoid, because, “we picked the two people that were strongest.” Ifill and Woodruff will anchor the broadcast together Monday through Thursday; Woodruff will solo Fridays while Ifill hosts Washington Week that night. Newshour has had rotating teams of anchors over the past few years; Ifill and Woodruff were in the rotation. PBS will launch a weekend edition of Newshour next month. Hari Sreenivasan will anchor Newshour Weekend, Saturdays and Sundays beginning September 7; he also will serve as senior correspondent for the weekday newscast, reporting several times a week from WNET in New York.