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.
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