Washington Week

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Washington Week
Presented by
Narrated by Paul Anthony
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 50
No. of episodes over 2,000
Production
Location(s) Washington, D.C.
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) WETA-TV
Release
Original network NET (1967–1970)
PBS (1970–present)
Picture format 720p (HDTV)
Original release February 23, 1967 – present
External links
Website www.pbs.org/weta/washingtonweek/

Washington Week—previously Washington Week in Review—is an American public affairs television program, which has aired on PBS and its predecessor, National Educational Television, since 1967. Unlike other panel discussion shows which encourage informal (sometimes vociferous) debates as a means of presentation, Washington Week consistently follows a path of civility and moderation. Its format is that of a roundtable featuring the show's moderator between two to four Washington-based journalists.

Background[edit]

Washington Week in Review was first broadcast on February 23, 1967, on NET and was picked up by PBS in 1970. Since moving to PBS, Washington Week has used a panel discussion format moderated by a host. Washington Week is on PBS's national primetime lineup. Because of the subscriber nature of PBS, local presentation of Washington Week is scheduled by individual stations, and air times vary by market. The most common airing pattern is the show leading off primetime on Friday evenings with weekend afternoon encores on most PBS member stations, and several airings per week on PBS World. The program is produced by WETA-TV in Washington, D.C.

In 2006, Washington Week made an agreement with National Journal which ensures that at least one National Journal reporter is on the show.[2] This agreement is no longer in effect. Panelists come from various national media organizations.

Gwen Ifill was the host from the time Ken Bode was fired in 1999[3] until her death on November 14, 2016. A successor was not announced immediately. It was Ifill who shortened the name of the program when she took over, as a sign that "the show would spend more time looking forward."[4] On April 20, 2017, WETA announced that Robert Costa of the Washington Post would become the next moderator of Washington Week.[5] Since its first episode in 1967, the program's announcer has been Paul Anthony.

Notable personalities[edit]

Moderators[edit]

Regular panelists[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "American Journalism Review". ajrarchive.org. Retrieved 28 January 2017. 
  2. ^ "washington-week"-forges-editorial-partnership-national-journal "'Washington Week' Forges Editorial Partnership with 'National Journal'" (Press release). WETA. April 29, 2005. Retrieved 2014-03-09. 
  3. ^ Kurtz, Howard (February 23, 1999). "Ken Bode's Bad 'Washington Week'". Washington Post. Retrieved 2016-11-14. 
  4. ^ Ifill, Gwen (November 30, 2006). "Washington Week". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2017-04-21. 
  5. ^ a b "Meet Robert Costa, new Washington Week moderator". Washington Week. PBS. April 20, 2017. Retrieved 2017-04-20. 
  6. ^ "harrison kinney bio". harrisonkinney.com. Retrieved 28 January 2017. 

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