Does the name Museum of Television and Radio seem a bit dated in today's multimedia world? The museum's board of directors yesterday renamed it The Paley Center for Media to honor founder William Paley, the late Chairman of CBS, and to reflect its "evolution to a center that convenes media leaders and enthusiasts for programs that explore and illuminate the immense and growing impact of all media on our lives, culture, and society," according to the announcement issued by Chairman Frank Bennack Jr. and President and CEO Pat Mitchell.
The Paley Center for Media, with locations in both NYC and LA, says it will continue to collect, preserve, and make available to the public a top-quality collection of radio and television programs. But it will also "strengthen its work as a center where media executives, cultural thought leaders, and the public convene to discuss the challenges and opportunities of a rapidly evolving landscape of media technologies and businesses."
Going forward, the board says Paley Center will offer more of these discussions to the public through their redesigned website and through content partnerships with Internet portals and broadband companies, including Yahoo! and Comcast, who will offer the content on their websites as well. Users will be able to access Paley Center events, such as cast discussions with stars from popular shows, including 24, CSI, The Daily Show, Desperate Housewives, Entourage, Family Guy, Grey's Anatomy, House, Law & Order, Lost, Sex and the City, South Park, and Weeds.