- The Corporation for Public Broadcasting and New York public broadcaster WNET are teaming up with TED to adapt the nonprofit group's 18-minute talks to TV, beginning with a one-hour "TED Talks Education " special to be broadcast Tuesday on PBS.
- The special is hosted by singer John Legend and feature teachers, students and educational reform advocates such as Bill Gates, ending with English author Ken Robinson, who in 2006 argued for more creativity in schools in the TED Web site's most popular video.
- Filmed in April before a live audience at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the speeches were limited to 5 to 8 minutes each to make them more palatable to a TV audience.
From the article:
... The Corporation for Public Broadcasting paid for the show’s $1 million costs under the auspices of an initiative that addresses the high school drop-out problem in the United States. “It was the perfect marriage of ideas that matter and our core value of education,” said Patricia Harrison, the corporation’s chief executive. ...