Can startups save public broadcasting?

From Mashable

Public broadcasting is the latest sector to tap startups for innovative ideas.

Code for America announced a startup accelerator earlier this year aiming to redesign government. RockHealth, a startup incubator launched in 2011, aims to disrupt healthcare. Now, a new accelerator launching next month hopes entrepreneurs will help define the future of public radio and television.

The accelerator is a collaboration between the non-profit public broadcasting distribution marketplace PRX and the Knight Foundation, which kicked in $2.5 million to fund the effort.

Corey Ford, a former Emmy Award-winning producer for PBS Frontline, will start as the accelerator’s director on April 2.

Ford is currently the director of a startup incubator at Eric Schmidt’s venture capital firm called the Runway Program, rounding out a combination of experience that PRX CEO Jake Shapiro says makes it “almost like he was made in a laboratory for this job.”


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