Rooney’s summer hiatus made permanent
GBH cancels 'Beat the Press' after 22 years
BACK IN JUNE, Emily Rooney announced that Beat the Press on GBH was going on hiatus for the summer – “a first for us but a welcome break,” she said.
It turns out that was her farewell. GBH announced on Friday that the weekly show is being canceled after 22 years on the air. The national radio series Innovation Hub with Kara Miller was also canceled.
In a press release, Pam Johnston, general manager of GBH News, chalked the cancelations up to a shift in programming focus. “GBH News is deepening its focus on audience-centered local stories, and concentrating its editorial efforts on the critical issues of education, social justice, Covid/public health, and politics,” she said.
“This was a difficult decision. Beat the Press has been one of GBH’s longest running news shows and has provided viewers with informative and thought-provoking insight, commentary and perspective on the workings of the media. We are grateful to Emily Rooney for her award-winning work, her dedication to her craft, and her many contributions to GBH over 24 years.”
“For the record, it’s all about Ken Burns, regardless of what this group says, it’s resentment that a white guy is getting all this time,” Rooney said at the end of the show.
She also was somewhat dismissive of a documentary called Asian Americans by Grace Lee, one of the filmmakers who signed the Beyond Inclusion letter.“The only other thing I want to say is, I didn’t see Asian Americans, but there’s a possibility it wasn’t as good as some of Ken Burns’ films,” Rooney said. “You’ve got to throw that out there.”