WGBH News and Media Relations


April 4, 2013

WORLD Channel to Air Encore Presentation of Peabody-Honored Why Poverty? Films

Portions of eight-part series originally premiered as part of Global Voices
BOSTON, Mass. (April 4, 2013) –The groundbreaking eight-part series Why Poverty? was honored last month with a 2013 Peabody award for documentary film. Starting this Sunday, the WORLD Channel, a service of Boston public broadcaster WGBH in partnership with WNET and American Public Television, will offer encore presentations of six Why Poverty? films. The series, which explored the parallax views of poverty in the United States and across the world, was co-produced by ITVS and STEPS International.
WORLD originally presented the six films as part of its Global Voices program that offers rare insights and firsthand perspectives from communities and individuals around the globe. WORLD is the only U.S. broadcaster to air all eight films; two of the films premiered on PBS as part of Independent Lens.
“We are proud of our partnership with the Why Poverty? global debate and congratulate the producers and filmmakers who deftly told the stories of what it is like to live in poverty. This award-winning series of reflective films represents the insightful and diverse stories we aim to share on WORLD, and we are excited to share these films with our audience once again,” said Liz Cheng, general manager for the WORLD Channel. “At a time when economic questions are at the forefront of international and domestic politics, Why Poverty? offered a unique opportunity to reflect on the impact of being poor.”
‘Give Us the Money,’ a Why Poverty? film that focuses on the prominent figures – including Bob Geldof, Bono and Bill Gates – who advocate for the poor will air on Sunday, April 7 at 10pm ET/7pm PT (check local listings for additional broadcast times). Additional films from the series will air every Sunday at the same time through May 12.
Acclaimed by the New York Times television critic Mike Hale as one of his favorite shows of 2012, Global Voices will begin its sixth season on June 2 with a WORLD premiere of Where Heaven Meets Hell, an Indonesian film that follows four sulfur miners working alongside an active volcano. New, exclusive content takes WORLD viewers beyond Indonesia to India, El Salvador, Iraq, Japan and Ethiopia. Encore presentations will explore Egypt, Tibet, Vietnam and South Africa.
Why Poverty? (www.whypoverty.net) reached more than 500 million people worldwide through television, radio, internet and live events throughout November 2012. In addition to the eight awarding-winning, hour-long films, filmmakers and advocates also produced a collection of short films, infographics and educational materials to help advance the global conversation on poverty, its causes, and its solutions.
About WORLD Channel
The WORLD Channel is a 24/7 multicast channel featuring public television’s best documentary, nature and news programming. The WORLD is produced by WGBH Boston in partnership with WNET New York Public Media and American Public Television (APT), in association with the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) and the National Education Telecommunications Association (NETA). WORLD is distributed by APT and is available to more than half of American TV households. WORLD features nonfiction content, including PBS signature series “FRONTLINE,” “Nature,”  “P.O.V.” and “Independent Lens” as well as original co-productions like “Global Voices,” “America ReFramed” and“Aspen Institute Presents.” Funding for the WORLD Channel is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
About WGBH
WGBH Boston is America’s preeminent public broadcaster and the largest producer of PBS content for TV and the Web, including Masterpiece, Antiques Roadshow, Frontline, Nova, American Experience, Arthur, Curious George, and more than a dozen other prime-time, lifestyle, and children’s series. WGBH’s television channels include WGBH 2, WGBH 44, and the digital channels World and Create. WGBH TV productions focusing on the region’s diverse community include Greater BostonBasic Black, High School Quiz Show, and Neighborhood Kitchens. WGBH Radio serves listeners across New England with 89.7 WGBH, Boston Public Radio; Classical New England; and WCAI, the Cape and Islands NPR® Station. WGBH also is a major source of programs for public radio (among them, PRI’s The World®), a leader in educational multimedia (including PBS LearningMedia™, providing the nation’s educators with free, curriculum-based digital content), and a pioneer in technologies and services that make media accessible to deaf, hard of hearing, blind, and visually impaired audiences. WGBH has been recognized with hundreds of honors: Emmys, Peabodys, duPont-Columbia Awards and Oscars. Find more information at wgbh.org.


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