Veteran Journalist Michael Getler Appointed First PBS Ombudsman
October 4, 2005, ALEXANDRIA, VA – Following a nationwide search, PBS has appointed veteran journalist Michael Getler as Ombudsman, a newly created position. As an independent internal critic, Mr. Getler will seek to ensure that PBS upholds its own rigorous standards of journalistic ethics for both online and on-air content. His reports and commentary will be published on pbs.org, the third most trafficked dot-org on the Internet. Mr. Getler, who currently serves as The Washington Post’s Ombudsman, will have complete authority to determine what issues are examined and full independence in assessing them. After his contract with The Post ends this month, he will join PBS on November 15 and report directly to PBS President and CEO Pat Mitchell.