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Lauded National Program About Books, Barry Kibrick's "Between The Lines" Airing On 160 PBS Stations, Now On The Endangered List

Wednesday, Aug 24, 2016

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 24, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- What do Ray Bradbury, Elmore Leonard, Anne Rice, James Ellroy, Kirk Douglas, Ron Howard, Queen Noor of Jordan, Walter Moseley, Sidney Sheldon, Coach John Wooden, Robert Reich, Mario Puzo, Ralph Nader, Mitch Albom, Sir Ridley Scott, Dean Koontz, Arianna Huffington and Erin Brockovitch have in common?  They are among the scores of noted authors who have guested in discussion and celebration of their works on one of Public Broadcasting's rare, nationally broadcast series promoting reading, Between The Lines, hosted and produced by Barry Kibrick.

The three-time Emmy winning show, a staple on PBS nationally for two decades, will halt production following its three remaining taped broadcasts, Kibrick has announced, "unless and until corporate and audience funding, the first we have ever sought, materializes."  Between The Lines airs in a remarkable 160 markets including 48 of the top 50, providing 92% national coverage.  The show to date has been funded by a non-profit now facing its own financial cuts.  A prior crisis was averted with the funding input of super-selling author Sidney Sheldon, an early guest on and fan of the lauded and loved program.

(A list of broadcasting stations and a partial list of interviewed authors is available at: www.gobetweenthelines.com)

"It's urgent that the publishing and book marketing world gathers to keep this program going," stated author and longtime PR vet Dick Guttman, whose Starflacker: Inside The Golden Age of Hollywood will be the subject of this Saturday's (August 27) Between the Lines episode, the first of the honored series' last three broadcasts absent a stream of new funding. "An investment in Barry's show would seem to me a superb and prestigious sponsorship.  The library value of 20 years of rich philosophical conversations with a varied selection of the leading authors is a gigantic asset which can be monetized in many ways in addition to its continued broadcast on the PBS stations which currently carry it so eagerly and proudly. It can also be a money stream in its social media extensions. With thoughtful media promotion of American literary offerings being so meager in this exploitative time, one might expect Barnes and Nobel, Amazon and top publishing houses to rush to keep this vital promotional and intellectual organ going."

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