Washington Week

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Washington Week
Presented by John Davenport (1967–68)
Lincoln Furber (1968–69)
Max Kampelman (1969–71)
Robert MacNeil (1971–74)
Paul Duke (1974–94)
Ken Bode (1994–99)
Gwen Ifill (1999–)
Narrated by Paul Anthony
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 47
No. of episodes 2,000
Location(s) Washington, D.C.
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) WETA-TV
Original network NET (1967–1970)
PBS (1970–present)
Picture format 720p (HDTV)
Original release February 23, 1967 – present
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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 moderated by current host Gwen Ifill and between two and four Washington-based journalists.


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. Gwen Ifill has been the host since Ken Bode was fired in 1999.[1] Ifill shortened the name when she took over, as a sign that "the show would spend more time looking forward".[2] In 2006, Washington Week made an agreement with National Journal which ensures that at least one National Journal reporter is on the show.[3]

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, though the most dominant airing pattern is it 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.

Since its first episode in 1967, the program's announcer has been Paul Anthony.

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  1. ^ Shepard, Alicia (June 1999). "Unplugged". American Journalism Review. Retrieved July 18, 2011. 
  2. ^ Ifill, Gwen (November 30, 2006). "Washington Week". The Washington Post. Retrieved July 18, 2011. 
  3. ^ "washington-week"-forges-editorial-partnership-national-journal "'Washington Week' Forges Editorial Partnership with 'National Journal'" (Press release). WETA. 29 April 2005. Retrieved 9 March 2014. 
  4. ^ harrisonkinney.com

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