Burbank, Calif. - Jan. 7, 2014 - KCET, the nation's largest independent public television station serving Southern and Central California, welcomes the return of veteran journalist Bill Moyers' Moyers & Company in a new, half-hour weekly format on Sundays beginning Jan. 12 at 5:30 p.m.
With the motto "Occupy Democracy," Bill Moyers continues his popular weekly broadcast Moyers & Company on public television after announcing his intention to retire last year. With an outpouring of support from fans to remain on air, Moyers withdrew his decision to retire and opted instead to continue with a half-hour version that will provide the "flexibility to offer a forum to strong and provocative voices."
The first episode features a conversation with famed astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson, director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. Tyson was a natural choice as Moyers' first guest, as he is currently completing a 13-part reboot of Carl Sagan's classic public television series, Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, which has been seen around the world by more than 600 million people since its premiere in 1980. The new series, Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, produced by Sagan's widow Ann Druyan and Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane, will premiere on Fox and National Geographic in March.
Moyers & Company, distributed through American Public Television, engages guests on intriguing topics ranging from politics and governance to faith and religion.
Moyers, one of the most prolific public broadcasting figures for more than 40 years, is known for such groundbreaking series as NOW with Bill Moyers and Bill Moyers Journal. He has been a senior news analyst for CBS News and senior correspondent for the acclaimed documentary series begun by Edward R. Murrow, CBS Reports. His work has received more than 35 Emmys. He presented was presented the Lifetime Emmy® Award in 2006 for "devoting his lifetime to the exploration of the major issues and ideas of our time and our country, and giving television viewers an informed perspective on political and societal concerns."
For more information on Moyers & Company, please visit www.kcet.org/moyers.
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