PBS journalist Bill Moyers announced Friday that due to an “outpouring” of support, he would continue his popular ‘Moyers and Company’ television show past its previously scheduled end date of January 2014, only this time as a half-hour broadcast.
“As my grandchildren would say, I was blown away,” Moyers wrote on his website. “We received thousands of well-written and heartfelt messages. The outpouring is unmistakably about the importance of public broadcasting and the value many people place on our mission to offer a place for sane, calm and civil consideration of what is going on in the world.”
“Our funders also weighed in with an equally simple but passionate message: keep going,” he added. “And they have backed those pleas with commitments of underwriting. So, I want to announce today that we indeed will continue with a half-hour weekly broadcast and multimedia offerings that will feature the trademark ideas, interviews and analysis that you have told us are important to you.”
The current one-hour broadcast will cease January 3, and the new half-hour show will premiere on January 10.