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Did UNC-TV black out a Bill Moyers program about North Carolina?

Cecil Hester
Bill Moyers pictured in a 2004 file photo. Halifax Media.

Bill Moyers pictured in a 2004 file photo. Halifax Media.

Q. Why was the Bill Moyers television program on the state of North Carolina “blacked out” by UNC-TV?

A. Contrary to some published reports, UNC-TV did not “black out” or “bury” the “Moyers and Company” episode entitled “State of Conflict: North Carolina.” According to Steve Volstad, director of communications and marketing for UNC-TV, it was broadcast on UNC-TV’s digital channel UNC-MX at 10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3, and repeated on UNC-MX at 6 p.m. the next day.

In fact, the “Moyers and Company” series has been broadcast on UNC-MX since the inception of the series in January 2012. Historically, the program has been broadcast on Friday nights, repeating on Saturday afternoon.

This was also the case with the earlier Moyers series “Bill Moyers’ Journal,” which was carried on UNC-MX from October of 2009 until the series ended in April 2010. There is a well-established history of programs produced by Bill Moyers being carried on UNC-MX.


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