Legal Briefs: Update to PBS Religious Programming Ban

In an update to a Legal Brief from May 19, PBS announced Tuesday that it would ban member stations from carrying new “sectarian” programs, but in most cases would allow existing programs to continue. This policy, which was a compromise from a proposed ban that would have terminated all such programming, allows stations such as KBYU to remain affiliated with PBS without forcing an immediate change in programming. Washington Post has more.

The Church on YouTube

While not legal news, strictly speaking, it’s worth noting that the Church has started in recent months at least three YouTube channels, all of which are geared towards a general audience:

Mormon Messages and LDS Public Affairs, which consists of news and comments of a general nature; and, Mormon New Era Messages, which, like the magazine of the same name, emphasizes moral and spiritual teachings to a younger demographic.

These sites, coupled with (emphasis on issue-oriented news and comment), (basic doctrinal information geared to non-members), and the original site at, can all be used to help answer questions about the Church, and in some cases, to address criticisms directed at the Church or its members regarding positions taken on contemporary or moral issues. –SJR