WGBH Programs Nominated for 14 Boston/New England Emmy® Awards

BOSTON (May 14, 2020) – In tribute to its outstanding and unique accomplishments, WGBH’s Basic Black will be honored with the 2020 Governors’ Award from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) Boston/New England Chapter.

Basic Black is the longest-running, live, weekly program on public television focusing on people of color. The show first appeared in 1968 as Say, Brother during the height of the civil rights movement and in the aftermath of the assassination of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Basic Black has been hosted by Callie Crossley since 2008 and Delores Edwards is the executive producer.

Basic Black has forged a long and important legacy exploring issues faced by communities of color, elevating critical matters that too often fall outside mainstream media,” said Jon Abbott, WGBH president and CEO. “We are proud of the impact and relevance the show continues to have and appreciate this well-deserved recognition by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.”

In addition to the Governors’ Award, WGBH received 14 Boston/New England Emmy® nominations for its programs, including four nods for Sing that Thing!, which concluded its acclaimed five-year run in 2019; three nominations for the local music concert series “Front Row Boston;” three nominations deriving from WGBH’s nightly TV news magazine Greater Boston; and four nominations for Connecting Point, the nightly news and information program produced by Springfield-based affiliate New England Public Media. The Boston/New England Emmy® Awards will be announced during a virtual ceremony on Saturday, June 13 at 7 p.m..

A full list of the nominations received by WGBH and New England Public Media by category is available here.

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 and more than a dozen other primetime, lifestyle and children’s series. WGBH’s television channels include WGBH 2, WGBX 44, and the digital channels WORLD and Create. WGBH TV productions focusing on the region’s diverse community include Greater Boston, Basic Black and High School Quiz Show®. WGBH Radio serves listeners across New England with 89.7 WGBH, Boston’s Local NPR®; 99.5 WCRB Classical Radio Boston; and WCAI, the Cape and Islands NPR® Station. WGBH also is a major source of digital content and programs for public radio through PRX, including The World and Innovation Hub, a leader in educational multimedia with PBS LearningMedia™, providing the nation’s educators with free, curriculum-based digital content, and a pioneer in 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.