Archive for June, 2015

He’s Poldark — and handsome

All-new Masterpiece recreates 1970s hit series

Almost 40 years ago Captain Ross Poldark galloped across the TV screens of millions of PBS viewers, vexing villains and winning female hearts in one of Masterpiece’s earliest hit series, Poldark.

Now the gallant captain rides again in a thrilling new version with all the action, adventure, and romance of the original, plus even more spectacular Cornish scenery and local color. It begins Sunday at 9/8 pm on KET and Thursday at 9/8 pm on KET2.

Aidan Turner (The Hobbit) stars as Ross Poldark, a redcoat who returns to Cornwall after the American Revolutionary War to discover that his father is dead, his lands are ruined, and his true love is about to marry his first cousin.

A ratings hit when it aired on the BBC, Poldark was praised by the British press: “An intoxicating cocktail of lusty romance and historical drama, set among the crashing ocean waves and savage beauty of Cornwall,” said the Mail on Sunday.

In a special appearance, Robin Ellis, who starred as Ross Poldark in Masterpiece’s original adaptation, plays Reverend Halse, the village’s sin-obsessed parson.

The series is based on a beloved series of novels by Winston Graham. The first, Ross Poldark, was published in 1945; the last, Bella Poldark, appeared in 2002, the year before Graham’s death. All 12 are subtitled A Novel of Cornwall and trace the fortunes of a landed, mine-owning family in Cornwall two centuries ago.

Don’t miss a minute of this spectacular new summer series!

26 Emmy nominations for KET!

The Ohio Valley Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has nominated KET productions and programs for 26 Regional Emmy Awards.

Kentucky Life, KET’s weekly magazine program covering the history, people and places that make the Commonwealth unique, received four Regional Emmy Award nominations. The series, produced by Brandon Wickey, recently completed its 20th season on KET.

“It’s an honor to be recognized by our industry peers through these Regional Emmy Award nominations,” said  Shae Hopkins, KET executive director.

“These nominations are a testament to the high quality and creativity of KET’s individual and team efforts in bringing the best programming to our viewers – and to public media’s critical role in bringing engaging, educational programming into homes, classrooms, and communities throughout Kentucky.”

Kentucky Life: Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center

Winning Kentucky Life segments featured the Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center, produced by Matthew Grimm; the Andrew Jackson Duel, and the Simpsonville Massacre, produced by Paul Smith.

Photographer Mike Benton was nominated in the Photographer-Program Category for his work on both KET’s Kentucky Life and Beloved Productions’ The Local Traveler, which airs on other media outlets.

KET’s long-running, weekly current events news program for fourth through eighth graders, News Quiz, received two nominations.

Safe and Sound

Also nominated was KET’s special report Safe and Sound: Raising Emotionally Healthy Children in a Stressful World, produced by Laura Krueger. It explores the importance of social and emotional development in a child’s first years of life.

KET producer Tom Thurman received nominations for his independent documentary on Gatewood Galbraith, which aired on KET, and the Kentucky Muse documentaries Appalatinand Actors Theatre of Louisville.”

Kentucky Muse: Appalatin

The documentary A History of Kentucky in 25 Objects received two nominations for Barry Bernson for writing and hosting. 

Amy Hess, host of KET’s Kentucky Collectibles and Kentucky Life contributing producer was nominated for her work as program host.

In addition to the above KET productions, the following programs that air or aired on KET were nominated for Regional Emmy Awards:

• kNOwMORE Nonprofits “Surgery on Sunday,” Prosper Media Group, Inc., produced by Kyle Lake; Kentucky Afield; kNOwMORE; Unbridled Vines: Kentucky’s Finest; Ecosense for Living “Food Fight;” backSTORY;  Tim Farmer, Farmer’s Country Kitchen; Kentucky Afield, Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife; and Bluegrass & Backroads received five nominations.

The Emmy winners, given by the the Ohio Valley Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, will be announced July 25 in Lexington. 


New research shows PBS LearningMedia’s impact on student achievement

KET content contributing to significant improvements in student performance

Kentucky Educational Television is helping to make a significant impact on improvements in student performance in schools across the nation. At the PBS Annual Meeting in Austin, TX, PBS LearningMedia, a media-on-demand service designed for K-12 classrooms, revealed new study results that demonstrate the potential impact of PBS’ educational resources on student achievement.

KET makes extensive contributions to PBS LearningMedia over a wide spectrum of subject matter ranging from English Language Arts, Literacy, Health and Physical Education to Mathematics, Science, Social Studies and World Languages.

The content produced by KET at the statewide network’s studios in Lexington includes Math at the Core: Middle School , a collection featuring 50 classroom resources, including videos, animations, games, and interactive lessons; a Social Studies Arts Toolkit designed to integrate arts into the curriculum of K-12 social studies and arts classrooms; and Everyday Learning, a collection of media for preschool.

More than 80,000 teachers, parents and students in Kentucky have PBS LearningMedia accounts and have accessed 850,000 digital learning resources since the service launched on KET in 2013.

The PBS LearningMedia Impact Study, conducted by Education Development Center’s Center for Children and Technology, investigated the potential impact on student performance when the resources available through PBS LearningMedia were integrated into existing curriculum.

The study was conducted during the 2014-2015 school year in middle-school classrooms over a 6-10 week period and included more than 2,200 students in collaboration with three school districts from New Jersey and California. The study focused on four core subject areas: English language arts, mathematics, science and social studies. Results of the study show that the digital content from PBS LearningMedia positively impacted student content knowledge and critical thinking practices when integrated into existing curriculum.

Key findings include:

  • Across subject areas, student performance on content assessments showed significant improvement, increasing by eight percentage points
  • On average, students outperformed national assessment norms by 10 percentage points
  • Students also outperformed state assessment norms, by an average of 11 percentage points
  • More than half (56 percent) of students also showed an increase in the frequency with which they engaged in critical thinking practices

In addition, teachers who participated in the study overwhelmingly reported that PBS LearningMedia made positive contributions to their classroom practices, with many saying they are more likely to integrate digital media into their lessons.

“Education is at the heart of KET’s mission,” said Shae Hopkins, KET’s executive director and CEO. “KET resources and videos in PBS Learning Media are free and easily accessible to teachers, students, and parents across Kentucky and the nation. We’re committed to providing innovative classroom tools and knowledge that help educators and students succeed.”

PBS LearningMedia offers more than 100,000 digital resources aligned to national and Common Core State Standards.


KET’s education coverage is part of American Graduate: Let’s Make it Happen, a public media initiative made possible by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

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