Bill Moyers set to ‘re-retire’

Bill Moyers retired once from public television.

That was in 2010 when his PBS program “Bill Moyers Journal” signed off. Then he came back shortly thereafter with a show called “Bill Moyers and Company.”

Well, here’s the latest for those who tune in to listen to the native East Texan’s interviews: He’s going to retire again. Looks like this time it’s for keeps.

Moyers has sent a letter to public television affiliates across the nation that carry his program telling them of his desire to move on to other things.

I’ll miss watching him on Panhandle PBS.

Moyers has had long and acclaimed career in journalism, both print and broadcast. He’s also been at the center of power in Washington, D.C., serving as President Lyndon Johnson’s press secretary.

The native of Marshall, Texas has seen it all. He recently remembered the famed “I Have a Dream” speech delivered 50 years ago by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. He looked back at that great day with U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., the last living participant on the podium that day in August 1963.

Bill Moyers has treated his subjects always with care and meticulous attention to detail.

I’m not sure where he’ll surface when he signs off for the final time on Jan. 3, 2014. I hope he stays in the game in some fashion. He’s a thoughtful and caring man … and a patriot who loves his country deeply.

I’ll conclude with a portion of his message to affiliates:

“Although the two-year funding commitments will have been fulfilled with our final broadcast on January 3, we are exploring the possibility of continuing to serve that audience through billmoyers.com with the goal of engaging them in the renewal of democracy. As of yesterday, we have over 315,000 “friends” on Facebook and their number grows every day by the hundreds. They — like so many of our viewers — take their citizenship seriously.

“Before moving on, I want once more to express my appreciation for the collegiality I have shared with so many of you over so many years. I wish you all good luck in meeting the challenges facing public media today.”

Good luck, Mr. Moyers.

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