WGBH Basic Black TV gets the Governors’ Award


WGBH’s Basic Black Honored with
Prestigious Governors’ Awardby
National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Boston/New England Chapter

WGBH Programs Nominated for 14 Boston/New England Emmy® Awards

BOSTON (May 14, 2020) – In tribute to its outstanding and unique accomplishments, WGBH’s Basic Black will be honored with the 2020 Governors’ Award from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) Boston/New England Chapter. 

Basic Black is the longest-running, live, weekly program on public television focusing on people of color. The show first appeared in 1968 as Say, Brother during the height of the civil rights movement and in the aftermath of the assassination of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Basic Black has been hosted by Callie Crossley since 2008 and Delores Edwards is the executive producer.

Basic Black has forged a long and important legacy exploring issues faced by communities of color, elevating critical matters that too often fall outside mainstream media,” said Jon Abbott, WGBH president and CEO. “We are proud of the impact the show continues to have and appreciate this well-deserved recognition by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.”

In addition to the Governor’s Award, WGBH received 14 Boston/New England Emmy® nominations for its programs, including four nods for Sing that Thing!, which concluded its acclaimed five-year run in 2019; three nominations for the local music concert series “Front Row Boston;” three nominations deriving from WGBH’s nightly TV news magazine Greater Boston; and four nominations for Connecting Point, the nightly news and information program produced by Springfield-based affiliate New England Public Media.

The Boston/New England Emmy® Awards will be announced during a virtual ceremony on Saturday, June 13 at 7 p.m.