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KNPB and Vegas PBS Cancel Production of Ralston Live
The PBS stations in Reno and Las Vegas have ended their co-production of a nightly interview program hosted by Jon Ralston, effective June 21, 2016.
KNPB President Kurt Mische and Vegas PBS General Manager Tom Axtell issued a joint statement:
“Jon Ralston is one of Nevada’s most knowledgeable and informed political commentators. In February 2015, we invited Jon to create this program as a platform for advocates and policy makers to discuss the complex issues facing our state. Since that time, the show has proven to be informative and substantive, though also sometimes provocative and controversial.
“Ralston Live” has required a considerable financial investment from both stations and no longer has sufficient funds to continue production.”
Jon Ralston said,
"I have enjoyed doing "Ralston Live" with an incredible team. We are proud of what we have accomplished. I have been working on an exciting, new opportunity to enhance the use of new technology in delivering news and commentary."
Beginning Tuesday, June 21, Vegas PBS will replace “Ralston Live” with “BBC World News” at 7:00 p.m. and “Tavis Smiley” at midnight. KNPB will replace the program with “Tavis Smiley” at 5:30 p.m. and midnight.