When FRONTLINE was born, however, the prospects for television news documentaries looked grim. Pressure was on network news departments to become profitable, and the spirit of outspoken journalistic inquiry established by programs like Edward R. Murrow's See It Now and Harvest of Shame had given way to entertainment values and feature-filled magazine shows. Therefore, it fell to public television to pick up the torch of public affairs and carry on this well-established broadcast news tradition.

Since its inception, FRONTLINE has never shied away from tough, controversial issues or complex stories. In an age of anchor celebrities and snappy sound bites, FRONTLINE remains committed to providing a primetime venue for engaging documentaries that fully explore and illuminate the critical issues of our times. FRONTLINE remains the only regularly scheduled long-form public affairs documentary series on American television, producing more hours of documentary programming than all the commercial networks combined.

Credible, thoughtful reporting combined with powerful narrative, a good story well told: That is at the heart of FRONTLINE's commitment to its viewers.

When and where to tune-in

Tuesdays at 9pm on WXXI TV

Coming Up

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 - 9:00pm
FRONTLINE presents two films: “A Subprime Education” examines allegations of fraud and predatory behavior in the troubled for-profit college industry and “The Education of Omarina” of a young at-risk girl from middle school to college.
Thursday, September 15, 2016 - 9:00pm
TED Talks: Education Revolution, hosted by author, producer, and comedian Baratunde Thurston and actor and singer Sara Ramirez, focuses on how education is changing to adapt to our new digital world.


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