There is a certain comfort that comes with being informed. The past few months have been full of complex stories – from the protests in Ferguson, to the spread of Ebola in West Africa, to the military action against ISIS. And while the news itself may not always be comforting, having an accurate and trustworthy source of information is important. For so many across the Ozarks, that trusted source of news and information is PBS. Programs like PBS NewsHour, Washington Week, Nightly Business Report and Frontline provide the context we need to understand the issues and form our own opinions. Ensuring citizens have access to information is a primary mission of public broadcasting. We’re encouraged and motivated by the fact that millions of people around the country rely on that service.
And if you’re a fan of these programs, you may be interested to know what a remarkable impact they’ve had recently. The program Rape in the Fields – a Frontline special that exposed the sexual assault suffered by migrant workers – resulted in a new California law aimed at protecting agricultural laborers from abuse. And the program America After Ferguson helped create a national dialogue on the issues surrounding the events in Ferguson, providing a powerful example of how quality television can inspire important conversations.
It’s member support that makes these – and so many other – programs possible. As this year draws to a close and you consider your annual charitable giving, I hope Ozarks Public Television will stand out as a service worthy of your support.
Thanks, as always, for being part of the OPT family. We wish you and yours a very happy holiday season.