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A Bounty of Fall Programming will Air on Channel 12

A Bounty of Fall Programming will Air on Channel 12

DENVER – August 19, 2009 – From new primetime talk shows and new programs for children to the arts and National Parks, KBDI-Channel 12 offers viewers a variety of new choices this fall.

New to KBDI….Tavis Smiley.  The typically late-night Tavis Smiley will now air weeknights at 5 p.m. It’s a hybrid of news, issues and entertainment, featuring interviews with newsmakers, artists, politicians, activists and everyday people. 

Charlie Rose.  Emmy award-winning journalist Charlie Rose will engage the world’s most fascinating individuals in one-on-one conversations and roundtable discussions weeknights at 10 p.m. Channel 12 will air repeats the following day at 1 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.
Public Affairs Friday.  On Friday nights, KBDI-12 boasts an impressive block of public affairs programming from 5 to 10 p.m. starting and ending with Tavis Smiley and Charlie Rose. The schedule includes: Tavis Smiley, 5 p.m.; Democracy Now!, 5:30 p.m.; Worldfocus (with new anchor Daljit Dhaliwal), 6:30 p.m.; The Aaron Harber Show, 7 p.m.; Colorado Inside Out, 8 p.m.; Independent Thinking, 8:30 p.m.; Tough Love with Mike Zinna, 9 p.m.; Latin View, 9:30; and Charlie Rose, 10 p.m.

Travel Mondays.  Mondays are for travel, generally speaking, with Globe Trekker and other travel programs during prime time.

Environmental Thursdays.  Starting September 24, environmental programs will generally be the theme with a mix of Natural Heroes, NOVA and other thought-provoking programs. 

The PBS Ken Burns’ National Parks: America’s Best Idea series will air later in the fall. The six-part documentary series traces the birth of the national park idea in the mid-1800s and follows its evolution for nearly 150 years. Filmed over the course of more than six years in some of nature’s most spectacular locales – from Acadia to Yosemite, Yellowstone to the Grand Canyon, and the Florida Everglades to the Arctic in Alaska, the documentary is the story of people from all backgrounds who devoted themselves to saving the land.

The Arts.  Art will be a central theme in the lineup with Art in the Twenty-First Century, an American Masters’ Joan Baez special, the Los Angeles Philharmonic on Great Performances. On the local level, InFocus with Eden Lane will air Sunday nights, covering Colorado’s vibrant arts community that ranges from theater, dance and music, to writers and visual arts.

Fall Programming on KBDI-12
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Nearly Non-stop Music.  With nearly non-stop music from 9 p.m. until 4 a.m., KBDI Channel 12 has transformed Saturday nights into one of the best one-two musical punches in television. Austin City Limits has moved from its longtime Friday night spot to Saturday nights at 9 p.m. 12 midnight and once more at 2 a.m.  Legends and Lyrics, focusing on the unique art of songwriting, will follow at 10 p.m., 1 a.m. and 3 a.m. 

New Programs for Children. Look for four new children’s shows: Sid the Science Kid, Dinosaur Train, Martha Speaks and Mama Mirabelle’s Home Movies.  Plus, Angelina Ballerina will return to the channel after a two-year hiatus.

Martha enriches the vocabulary of 4- to 7-year-olds and Mama Mirabelle is filled with lovable characters and wildlife movies from National Geographic.  Angelina Ballerina is based off the wildly successful books by author Katharine Holabird and illustrator Helen Craig. While both Sid the Science Kid and Dinosaur Train are from the Jim Henson Company, an industry leader in puppetry and special effects.

MHz Worldview.  KBDI’s MHz Worldview, Channel 12.3, will air six new programs.  Three daily news programs will be added: IBA News, the only English-language daily news program from the Israeli Broadcast Authority, at 3:30 p.m.; Al Jazeera English, the English version of the Arabic-language news network, at 5 p.m. and Euronews at 5:30 p.m. Varied foreign affairs programs will air Sundays at 7:30.

Achar!, a sitcom based upon a marriage of an Indian man and a Chinese woman, and I Not Stupid, an award-winning Singaporean sitcom, will air at 7 and 8 p.m., respectively.

A full schedule of air times for all of the programs can be found at www.KBDI.org.

About KBDI
KBDI has set itself apart with carriage of an unparalleled amount of local public affairs programming. KBDI "community voice" programming engages viewers in community-based discussions of state, national and global issues. KBDI delivers three digital channels: its flagship KBDI broadcast station with a strong mix of local, national and international programming (DT-12.1); The Documentary Channel, featuring the works of independent filmmakers (DT-12.2); and MHz Worldview, a channel providing diverse cultural perspectives for a globally minded audience (DT-12.3).


Joe Nagle, University of Denver Intern
KBDI-Channel 12 (PBS)

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