Federal funds to expand PBS investigative series

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[May 19, 2010]  WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal funding will expand the PBS investigative series "Frontline" to a year-round broadcast schedule over the next two years.

On Tuesday, the federally funded Corporation for Public Broadcasting announced a $6 million grant over two years for the program from WGBH in Boston.

The announcement follows $10 million to expand local news coverage on public radio and TV stations. The corporation has invested heavily to boost journalism on public media over the past two years as newspapers decline.

Officials say the expanded "Frontline" will partner with journalism schools at the University of California at Berkeley and American University's Investigative Reporting Workshop, as well as the nonprofit Center for Investigative Reporting, ProPublica and others.

[Associated Press; By BRETT ZONGKER]

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