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November 20, 2009, 5:56 pm

Bill Moyers to Leave Weekly Television

The PBS mainstay Bill Moyers said he was retiring from weekly television and would end his Friday night public affairs show, “Bill Moyers Journal,” on April 30, 2010. That date will also be the last for “Now on PBS,” which has been canceled.

Mr. Moyers said he had been planning for some time to retire the program on Dec. 25, but was asked by PBS to raise the funds to continue through April, which he did.

“I am 75 years old,” he said of the decision to end the series, which began in April 2007. The program has recently been having a “good run of it,” he added in a telephone interview on Friday, “so I feel it’s time.” He said he was not quitting television work, although he has no new projects planned.

“Now” began in January 2002, and was originally hosted by Mr. Moyers. John Siceloff, the executive producer, said the program, hosted now by David Brancaccio, had been “a unique voice at a time when outlets for insightful journalism are diminishing. We’re all looking for places to continue that work.”

PBS said in a statement that it was in the middle of a “review and reinvention” of its news and public affairs programming, and that it would announce plans for its lineup in January.

From 1 to 25 of 29 Comments

  1. 1. November 20, 2009 6:24 pm Link

    He will be sorely missed.

    — steve
  2. 2. November 20, 2009 6:30 pm Link

    Terrible news…both Moyers and NOW are must watch TV… What will PBS replace them with?

    — Michael
  3. 3. November 20, 2009 6:39 pm Link

    I am very saddened to hear Bill Moyers is leaving PBS…he will be difficult to replace…his insightfulness and caring was demonstrated in all his programs…he sought for truth and goodness…rare in TV.

    — Moira
  4. 4. November 20, 2009 6:47 pm Link

    What a huge loss. The Journal and NOW are my two favorite PBS programs. They’re exactly right that venues for insightful journalism are diminishing, and these were two of the very best. My hats off to Bill Moyers, Maria Hinajosa, and David Brancaccio for their immense talent and good work.

    I feel the void already.

    — Anna Clark
  5. 5. November 20, 2009 7:14 pm Link

    Why would they lose both? I really hope they replace it with another program that is a minimum of an hour and contains the same hard hitting journalism that asks the questions no other news source, liberal or conservative, seems to.

    If new on PBS is reduced the the unwatchable mclaughlin and the evening news it will be a sad sad day for journalism. I know if they do cancel both Moyers and NOW and don’t replace it with something substantive my days of giving to PBS are over. I mean really if they can’t support shows like NOW on PBS where in the world are we going to find that sort of journalism these days?

    — Ed Coughlin
  6. 6. November 20, 2009 7:15 pm Link

    I am devastated. I can only hope that a “review and reinvention” of its news and public affairs programming doesn’t mean a dumbing down.

    — Susan Kohler
  7. 7. November 20, 2009 7:16 pm Link

    I am so sorry to hear this. I hope PBS is grooming someone to replace him. He tells truth to power, and we need more and more of this all the time.

    — Nancy
  8. 8. November 21, 2009 11:34 am Link

    PBS never ceases to astound (and baffle) me with the decisions it makes.

    These are terrible developments.

    — MJP
  9. 9. November 21, 2009 12:23 pm Link

    This guy lost his way several years ago. He hasn’t had a cogent or interesting viewpoint in years. You can only ‘mail it in” for so long. Happy retirement.

    — Davy
  10. 10. November 21, 2009 12:49 pm Link

    Bill Moyers is the sole brilliant daring journalist to ask the tough questions and seek out the in depth answers on television. While I respect his decision to step down for the reason stated, where do we turn? There is no replacement for his voice and genius.

    — p murray
  11. 11. November 21, 2009 1:46 pm Link

    I agree with every one of the previous comments. Bill Moyers has done more to help educate my students and me through the years than any other individual in the media. He is a national treasure, whose progressive voice just kept growing wiser, stronger and clearer with each passing year. How fortunate we were for all these decades to have had Bill Moyers helping to make us think more deeply about our society, and to raise the consciousness and moral integrity of our nation.

    — -Eddie
  12. 12. November 21, 2009 4:44 pm Link

    Bill Moyers, Maria Hinajosa and David Brancaccio — of the Journal and NOW - are the brightest voices on my television. If they go, we are left with bluster (and a lot of shouting). If Bill has to retire, do expand Maria and David’s program, please. I give to PBS for programs like theirs. Brid.

    — Brid
  13. 13. November 21, 2009 5:49 pm Link

    One of the last real journalists on television has decided to hang up his reporters’ notebook.

    — Tom Brown
  14. 14. November 21, 2009 7:24 pm Link

    Hate to see him go, but he’s done a lot of great work for several decades.

    As good as the Journal is, for me the best work Bill Moyers did was The Power of Myth, with Joseph Campbell. That series showed how even the most ordinary life has a heroic, mythic dimension. People are familiar with Joseph Campbell’s phrase, “Follow your bliss,” Bill Moyers helped make it famous.

    — Max Clarke
  15. 15. November 21, 2009 8:50 pm Link

    One of the VERY few actual (Real) Journalists on broadcast Television. Come to think of it, he’s the ONLY one.
    What a great loss for the Country…and Democracy.

    — Paul
  16. 16. November 22, 2009 12:15 am Link

    Bill Moyers is a unique individual — a moral and thoughtful man who is knowledgeable about the subjects he comments about, and who is always prepared to host insightful and relevant interviews. To say that I will miss him would be an understatement. We need his — or someone rather like him, and I don’t know who that would be — presence in our national life… now, more than ever. Good luck, Bill, thanks for a lifetime of service, and God bless!

    — squarf
  17. 17. November 22, 2009 12:42 am Link

    I will greatly miss Bill Moyers excellent reporting and discussions on topics which are consistently of great importance and relevance.

    — Paul
  18. 18. November 22, 2009 3:19 am Link

    It is unfortunate for PBS to lose two of the most in depth programs, but I knew this day would come. I hoped it to be later. Does this coincide with the choice made by Oprah? Will journalism be forced onto cable networks who run solely on profit? If those who give to PBS stop due to the loss of Bill Moyers and NOW, will or can they create even more in depth programs with an equal quality of necessary investigative journalism?

    — Deborah
  19. 19. November 22, 2009 4:14 am Link

    This will be a big loss to us. Bill Moyers and his Journal are a national treasure. The mainstream media will not face the truth as his program does nor will they discuss the important issues. Sorry to see NOW (which had been his program with David Brancaccio) end as well.

    — M. Lewis
  20. 20. November 22, 2009 5:29 am Link

    Bill Moyers is the absolute best! Where will we ever find such clarity and integrity again? He has been a tremendous role model for all journalist for so many years.

    — Kay Winter
  21. 21. November 22, 2009 9:13 am Link

    Moyer’s recent program airing the Johnson tapes about Vietnam really focused for me the current Afganistan debate. I hope someone of power in Washington was listening. This program is a good example of Moyer’s value to the public discussion. He will be missed.

    — Margo Hicks
  22. 22. November 22, 2009 10:35 am Link

    Moyers’ voice of reason in a morass of half-truthed-tabloided reality will leave a void that can not immediately be filled. He was truly the last man on the public airwaves pushing for an honest social contract government which protects its people. Whether you were liberal, conservative, or independent this is a loss to all those who truly believe in the promise of America.

    — Joshua Krupitsky
  23. 23. November 22, 2009 10:37 am Link

    I am so sorry to hear that. I wish him all the best.

    — Effi
  24. 24. November 22, 2009 1:40 pm Link

    A true advocate for the TRUTH, nothing more and nothing less. He strives to give us the facts, without an agenda and leaves it to us to decide. Will definitely be missed.

    — Gerald Hanano
  25. 25. November 22, 2009 2:08 pm Link

    I hope David Broncaccio at least continues his work at PBS in some form. As for Moyers, he will be sorely missed.

    — Ishmael Daro

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