President’s Budget Eliminates Public Media Funding

Posted by on Wed, 02/14/2018 - 09:42

President Donald Trump’s annual budget proposal eliminates public media funding.
Specifically, the budget eliminates funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), which distributes critical seed funding to local public radio and television stations.

Here’s why the President’s call to eliminate public media funding is a dangerous proposal:
• Studies confirm there is no replacement for federal funding.
• If federal funding for public media is eliminated, local stations could be forced off-air or to cut valued programs and services.
• Rural communities could lose their only source of local media.
• Low income families with preschool age kids could lose their children’s only source of educational media.
Here’s what you should know:
• Public media funding amounts to about $1.35 per American.
• Public media funding represents roughly .01 percent of the federal budget.
• Cutting public media funding would have no impact on the federal deficit, but would destroy the public media system.

There have been calls to eliminate public media funding before. However, we have successfully overcome those challenges by making our voices heard on this important issue.

What you can do right now:
• Call or email your lawmakers in support of full public media funding, including Interconnection.
• Text Public Media to 52886 or go here to sign a petition calling for the President to reconsider his...

Viewers are encouraged to demand reinstatement of DirecTV signal

Posted by on Tue, 02/06/2018 - 15:27

WSEC/ PBS Springfield is still dealing with signal carriage issues for DirecTV customers despite a fully restored signal. The issue began with AT&T, now the parent company of DirecTV.

Engineers have continuously monitored and recorded WSEC/PBS Springfield’s signal quality and reliability since February 1 as it feeds into DirecTV’s head-end in Decatur. The signal now meets all standards of strength and reliability, as outlined by the “must carry” law. As a result, the station’s signal should be reinstated on the DirecTV lineup—which can be done with the switch of a button—but that still has not happened.

WSEC is hoping that DirecTV will abide by the law and the will of its subscribers and return WSEC to its lineup. As a result of DirecTV’s refusal to carry WSEC’s signal, viewers in the Springfield, Decatur, Champaign-Urbana and Jacksonville markets, and many others as well, are without their local public television station.

“WSEC is a viewer-supported, non-commercial educational television station licensed to Jacksonville & Springfield, and its popular local programming includes Illinois Stories, CapitolView and Cardia, a heart health series. During this period of non-carriage, viewers are missing PBS programs like Victoria as well as 19 children’s educational television programs, including those aired on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

“Viewers are being given inaccurate information by DirecTV. They’re being told that the problem is a...

DirecTV Service Interrupted: What To Do

Posted by on Thu, 01/04/2018 - 14:12

WSEC/ PBS Springfield has been working tirelessly to update viewers with DirecTV service on why they’re currently missing their channel from the normal lineup.

When DirecTV relocated one of their satellite receivers to an AT&T building in Decatur as part of a cost-saving initiative, it was discovered that WSEC signals would not reach this location in Decatur. To resolve the issue, WSEC has been working to rebuild a path to get their signal back on DirecTV, and is about to sign a contract with a provider that will get full signal restored to DirecTV customers. However, in the meantime, DirecTV has dropped WSEC from their satellite carriage. At this time, the goal is to get signal restored within 7-10 days.

“DirecTV has not been flexible in negotiating this contract renewal,” said Dr. Jerold Gruebel, President and CEO of Network Knowledge. “They gave us a deadline of January 1 to switch the way we’re connected—and that’s just not enough time. We’re working hard to rebuild this connection, but it is very costly and time-intensive. We hope to have this resolved within 10 days, but we feel DirecTV should’ve acted in good faith and not have deprived their viewers of public television in the meantime.”

DirecTV customers that are missing WSEC programming can contact DirecTV at 1 (800) 531-5000 to demand that carriage be restored immediately.

Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s THE VIETNAM WAR Seen by More Than 33.8 Million Viewers

Posted by on Tue, 11/21/2017 - 09:20

PBS today announced the final national ratings for Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s THE VIETNAM WAR, the epic documentary film that premiered on Sunday, September 17, on PBS stations nationwide. The first five episodes aired nightly from Sunday, September 17, through Thursday, September 21, and the final five episodes aired nightly from Sunday, September 24, through Thursday, September 28.

According to Nielsen Live +7 data, across the 10 nights of the series, THE VIETNAM WAR reached more than 33.8 million viewers and had an average audience of 6.7 million P2+ (an average household rating of 4.4). This makes THE VIETNAM WAR the second-highest-rated Burns/Novick film of the past two decades, following THE WAR (2007). In addition, THE VIETNAM WAR’s first six episodes brought a close to the Nielsen 2016-2017 broadcast year, and were the highest-rated PBS telecasts of the season. The final four episodes of the series will be included in the 2017-2018 Nielsen broadcast year.

The premiere episode of THE VIETNAM WAR was PBS’ best-performing telecast since the series finale of DOWNTON ABBEY ON MASTERPIECE in March 2016. The episode earned a national household rating of 6.0, more than 300 percent greater than PBS’ average primetime rating. A total of 11.9 million unique viewers watched the premiere in all (Nielsen, National Live + 7).

THE VIETNAM WAR is currently re-airing on Tuesday nights at 9:00 p.m. ET through November 28. The final episodes are available to...

Special Preview Event Aug. 29 in Quincy

Posted by on Wed, 08/16/2017 - 11:32

WQEC/ PBS Quincy is partnering with the Quincy Museum to show a preview of an upcoming Ken Burns documentary, The Vietnam War, on Tuesday, August 29. The public is invited.

The event will take place at the Quincy Museum at 1601 Maine Street in Quincy. Along with a clip from the upcoming 18-hour epic documentary, attendees will also get a first look at some of the other new programs coming this fall to PBS, including Season 2 of Victoria and Season 3 of Poldark.

The previewing begins at 7:00 p.m. and Ken Burns’ most recent and 34th documentary will be broadcast on WQEC/ PBS Quincy and throughout the US on Sundays through Thursday for two weeks beginning September 17th. GatesAir, Blessing Hospital, and Adams Fiber are co-sponsors of the broadcast.

Those interested in attending will need to RSVP to Ed Strong at 1-800-232-3605 ext. 240 or via email at as seating is limited. You may also contact Barbara Wilkinson-Fletcher at the Quincy Museum by calling 217-224-7669.

Temporary Outage

Posted by on Thu, 07/27/2017 - 17:46

Please bear with us as we're working through issues related to a lightning strike that happened last night. Satellite programming on our World and Create channels may be interrupted for the next 36-48 hours, and our main HD channel should be okay for the most part. We appreciate your patience.

Support Your Local PBS Station This Summer

Posted by on Tue, 06/27/2017 - 13:07

A refuge of civility. A place for voices that enlighten, inspire, empower and educate. A place where everyone is welcomed and respected. A force for the ephemeral pursuit of quality and innovation, where no one is left behind.
That’s Network Knowledge and your public television station.

We are part of America’s public media enterprise – part of the people’s network across our region in central and western Illinois and northeast Missouri. And as such, we count on your support to make our programs and services the very best they can be. We are viewer-supported.

That’s why we're asking you to make a special donation and to help sustain your local public television station. Your special gift will help fund many more hours of first-rate drama, independent journalism, world-class and eclectic music, theater, dance, history and biography, travel, self-help, nature and science exploration, and children’s educational programming.

Our new fiscal year began on July 1, and with no state funding we still need to raise over $93,000. Can we count on you? Contributions from friends like you provide us the ability to bring quality programming to you and your family and to your neighbors 365 days a year.

Your membership gift of $35, $60 ($15/quarterly), $75, $100, $250, $365 ($1/day), $500, $1,000, $2,500 or even more costs only pennies for each hour you spend with great television during the year. So, please find enclosed your “invoice” for thousands of...

Community Calendar: Neighborhood Connection Festival

Posted by on Thu, 05/25/2017 - 09:15

Neighborhood Connection Festival and 10th annual 5k Twilight Run and Walk

Enjoy live music, kids games, clown show, face painting, and FREE FOOD! on Friday June 16th from 4:30-9:30pm on the grounds of Springfield First Church of the Nazarene. Registration for 5k at 5 and race at 7. All proceeds from the 5k benefit Amy Earl and her Championship Fight against ALS. For more information 217-529-6771 or

Spring Bus Trip

Posted by on Tue, 04/11/2017 - 13:48

Join host Mark McDonald for a day trip stopping at the locations of some of Mark McDonald's favorite recent stories.

May 24, 2017
Depart from Quincy, IL at 8:30 AM

First stop: the Hannibal History Museum
Second stop: A tour of the historic William Watson Hotel in Pittsfield and a coffee break at the Free Press Coffee House.
Third stop: the restored Hagel 1891 Restaurant in Mt. Sterling, where we will have lunch. Then a tour of DOT Foods in Mt. Sterling.

Then back to Quincy for a tour of the old Dick’s Brewery, including the underground cellars.

Tickets are $60 per person. Call 217-483-7887 to reserve your spot!

Join Us! Program Preview at MacMurray College in Jacksonville

Posted by on Mon, 03/20/2017 - 09:21

Board members from WSEC/ PBS Jacksonville are hosting a preview party for an upcoming documentary called "The Great War" on Wednesday, March 22 at 6:00 p.m.

The event will take place at MacMurray College’s Springer Building in the Thoresen Recital Hall in Jacksonville. Along with a clip from the upcoming program, attendees will also get a first look at some of the new programs coming this spring to PBS.

The event begins at 6:00 p.m. and is an opportunity for the community to come get a sneak peek at this brand new documentary slotted for full release later this year. Following the screening, there will be a reception at the President of MacMurray’s home, located at 339 E. State Street. Those interested in attending will need to RSVP to Keith and Phyllis Lape by calling 217-473-6365.

With news of federal cuts in funding coming to public broadcasting, now is a good time to get involved with your local PBS station. At this event, you’ll not only get an inside look at upcoming programs, but you’ll also be able to learn how you can show your support for educational programing in your community.


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