Two members of the Georgia Public Telecommunications Commission have resigned, and Gov. Brian Kemp has made several new appointments following my investigation into the terms and eligibility of the board that oversees state-run Georgia Public Broadcasting.

Marietta Schools Superintendent Grant Rivera and White County Schools Assistant Superintendent Scott Justus had…


On April 1st, the Atlanta Committee for Progress and Cox Enterprises released a joint press statement pledging support for Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms’ plan to address violent crime.

It calls for hiring 250 additional police officers, installing 250 new surveillance cameras, and the building of “a new, state-of-the-art public safety…


Everything That Rises Must Converge

Or

The Nemesis of my Nemesis is Not My Friend. And We’re Not Related

Two of my biggest concerns about Georgia media for the last few years, political control and unchecked shenanigans at state-run Georgia Public Broadcasting and the rise of an alt-right local media…


Lawmakers in Georgia’s Republican-controlled state Senate tried to cut nearly half a million dollars from Georgia Public Broadcasting’s state funding because “some members of the Senate are not happy with some of our content, but mostly on the NPR radio side” according to emails from GPB’s CEO Teya Ryan to…


A donation link, reader survey, and grant-funded front-page story make me wonder.

It wasn’t so much the lure of a $200 gift card, which would only go to one lucky responder, than an interest in what the AJC was eager to hear from its subscribers that caused me to click…


After seeing this tweet posted by the account Free Public Media in the weeks before Georgia’s close elections, I emailed Gov. Kemp’s spokesman and several other state officials, including Republican and Democratic leaders in the state legislature, asking for comment. About the tweet itself and related scandals at GPB.

More…


Steve Bannon-allied radio host John Fredericks announced on his program this morning that he is purchasing Atlanta station AM1690 WMLB.

He said his takeover begins March 1st.

Ironically, WMLB AM1690 was an Air America affiliate from Sept. …


GPB Billboard with Fox News Billboard Behind

After a tumultuous year in which Georgia played an outsized role in national politics, and after years of political interference, conflicts of interest, and cronyism at its state-run public broadcaster, NPR’s Public Editor finally wrote something about GPB.

But instead of forthrightly tackling its ethical lapses, the column praises one…


Before joining Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, my namesake but no relation Steve Bannon famously made Breitbart News a “platform for the alt right.”

He is now active in fostering an alternative right-wing local media infrastructure in Georgia. …


Extensive cross-promotion agreements and joint TV specials by Georgia Public Broadcasting and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reveal deepening ties between the two media organizations.

Added to an ongoing radio relationship, the arrangement between a public broadcaster, whose oversight body is politically appointed, and a legacy regional newspaper, owned by the state’s…

Brian Bannon

Atlanta writer and comedian. Occasional citizen journalist. Diagnosed with Asperger’s at age 40. No relation to Steve.

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