WASHINGTON, May 19 /PRNewswire/ -- After announcing earlier this year that the final episode of Firing Line will air on December 31, 1999, ending a 34- year run as one of the most popular public affairs programs on television, William F. Buckley Jr. today announced that he is naming a "worthy successor." In a letter to PBS station managers, Buckley recommended that the program Uncommon Knowledge fill the void left by Firing Line. "I feel a responsibility to pass on the torch to Peter Robinson and his television program, Uncommon Knowledge," Buckley wrote. Uncommon Knowledge, on the air since 1996, has attracted a wide viewership across America. The stations are in New York, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, San Francisco and in other cities. Former White House speechwriter and author Peter Robinson, who hosts this lively discussion of domestic and international issues, was recently nominated for an Emmy Award by the Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. "Uncommon Knowledge is now poised, I believe, to enjoy the prominence we have enjoyed at Firing Line," Buckley wrote. "I am recommending to you Uncommon Knowledge in the hope that it will fill the need for thoughtful public affairs programming that so many Firing Line viewers have come to appreciate."
SOURCE White House Writers Group