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WGA Ratifies Public Broadcasting Contract

Unanimously agreed-upon four-year deal covers made-for-internet programming for the first time

The Writers Guild of America unanimously ratified on Wednesday a new four-year deal covering constituents working in public television.

The new contract covers writers employed by WGBH, WNET and KCET, as well as those working for numerous other smaller outfits that produce content for PBS, and calls for 2 percent salary increases in year two, and 2.75 percent raises in the third and fourth years.

Additionally, made-for-internet programming now will also be covered under collective bargaining. The agreement also preserves payments for digital re-use.

"Public television and its continuing innovations in digital media continue to make it one of the most important and trusted sources in America and around the world for independent journalism and documentary production, as well as superior programming in the arts, history and science," said Michael Winship, WGA East president, in a statement.