“Frontline” has racked up dozens of broadcast journalism awards over the past 28 years and remains a staple of public television. But instead of resting on such TV laurels, senior producer Raney Aronson-Rath says the long-running PBS series needs to prepare for its “post-broadcast” future online and on tablet devices.
In an interview with The Huffington Post, Aronson-Rath revealed that “Frontline” has just hired newspaper veteran Phil Bennett for the program’s newly created position of managing editor — its second journalist recruited from outside the television world in recent weeks. Bennett was second-in-command at the Washington Post before leaving the paper in 2009 to join Duke University’s DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy.
At “Frontline,” Bennett said he hopes to pair journalists and documentary filmmakers together “to create hard-hitting accountability journalism” that adds a new component to the television brand the PBS series has built since the early 1980s. He described “Frontline” as a “gem-like structure in American journalism” that’s now “pushing beyond their core medium.”