To the Contrary

Last updated
To the Contrary
To The Contrary logo.jpg
Presented by Bonnie Erbé
Theme music composerAnne Bryant
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons29
No. of episodes800
Executive producersCarol Wonsavage (1992-1993)
John H. Davis (1993-1998)
Carl W. Stein (1998-present)
Running time30 minutes
Original networkPBS
Original releaseApril 3, 1992 (1992-04-03) 

To the Contrary is an American half-hour all-women news-analysis program. The show airs weekly in 91 percent of TV markets on PBS stations in the United States, in Canada, and internationally on Voice of America TV. Award-winning journalist Bonnie Erbé was the show's moderator, and was produced by Persephone Productions since 1996. The show's first executive producer was Carol Wonsavage, who served from the show's debut in 1992 until 1993. John Davis of MotorWeek was the executive producer from 1993 to 1998. Cari W. Stein has been the executive producer of To the Contrary since 1998. When To the Contrary premiered on April 3, 1992, it was taped at Maryland Public Television in Owings Mills, Maryland during the first six seasons, which is also the home to Wall Street Week , and MotorWeek . [1] In 1996, Erbe took the show to the newly formed Persephone Productions. From 1998 to 2009, the show was produced by KPBS in San Diego, California.

The half-hour show debuted on April 3, 1992. Four female panelists and a moderator discuss the week's major developments, with women-related news stories and topics. The first show featured topics, such as The State of the Economy, and SCOTUS and School Desegregation. Erbe's panelists on the first show were Julianne Malveaux, Dorothy Gilliam, Kate O'Beirne, and Linda Chavez. The show tries to focus on how the news affects people, rather than politics. [2]

Related Research Articles

<i>Meet the Press</i> American news/interview television program

Meet the Press is a weekly American television Sunday morning talk show broadcast on NBC. It is the longest-running program on American television, though its format has changed since the debut episode on November 6, 1947. Meet the Press specializes in interviews with leaders in Washington, D.C., across the country, and around the world on issues of politics, economics, foreign policy, and other public affairs, along with panel discussions that provide opinions and analysis. In January 2021, production moved to NBC's bureau on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

<i>Barney & Friends</i> American childrens television series

Barney & Friends is an American children's television series targeted at children aged 2–7, created by Sheryl Leach. The series first aired on PBS on April 6, 1992, and features Barney, a purple anthropomorphic Tyrannosaurus rex who conveys educational messages through songs and small dance routines with a friendly, huggable and optimistic attitude. The series ended on November 2, 2010, although new videos were still released on various dates after the last episode aired. Reruns aired on Sprout from 2005 to 2015, and from December 17, 2018, onward on Sprout's successor network, Universal Kids.

<i>Today</i> (American TV program) American news and talk television show

Today is an American morning television show that airs weekdays from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on NBC. The program debuted on January 14, 1952. It was the first of its genre on American television and in the world, and after 71 years of broadcasting it is fifth on the list of longest-running United States television series.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Meredith Vieira</span> American broadcast journalist and television personality (born 1953)

Meredith Louise Vieira is an American broadcast journalist and television personality. She is best known as the original moderator of the daytime talk show The View (1997–2006), the original host of the syndicated daytime version of the game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (2002–2013), and as co-host of the NBC morning news program Today (2006–2011). As of 2019, she hosts the syndicated weekday game show 25 Words or Less.

<i>The McLaughlin Group</i> Public affairs television program

The McLaughlin Group is a syndicated half-hour weekly public affairs television program in the United States, during which a group of four pundits, prompted by the host, discussed current political issues in a round table format. John McLaughlin hosted from its first episode in 1982 until his death in 2016, after which the original show came to an end.

<i>PBS NewsHour</i> Public television newscast in the United States

PBS NewsHour is an American evening television news program broadcast on over 350 PBS member stations. It airs seven nights a week, and is known for its in-depth coverage of issues and current events. Since January 2, 2023, the one-hour weekday editions have been anchored by Amna Nawaz and Geoff Bennett. The 30-minute weekend editions, branded as PBS News Weekend, have been anchored by John Yang since December 31, 2022.

<i>Charlie Rose</i> (talk show) American television interview show

Charlie Rose is an American television interview and talk show, with Charlie Rose as executive producer, executive editor, and host. The show was syndicated on PBS from 1991 until 2017 and is owned by Charlie Rose, Inc. Rose interviewed thinkers, writers, politicians, athletes, entertainers, businesspersons, leaders, scientists, and fellow newsmakers.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Mark Shields</span> American political columnist and commentator (1937–2022)

Mark Stephen Shields was an American political columnist, advisor, and commentator. He worked in leadership positions for many Democratic candidates' electoral campaigns.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Maryland Public Television</span> PBS member network serving Maryland, USA

Maryland Public Television (MPT) is the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) member state network for the U.S. state of Maryland. It operates under the auspices of the Maryland Public Broadcasting Commission, an agency of the Maryland state government that holds the licenses for all PBS member stations licensed in the state.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Linda Chavez</span> American politician (born 1947)

Linda Lou Chavez is an American author, commentator, and radio talk show host. She is also a Fox News analyst, Chairman of the Center for Equal Opportunity, has a syndicated column that appears in newspapers nationwide each week, and sits on the board of directors of two Fortune 500 companies: Pilgrim's Pride and ABM Industries. Chavez was the highest-ranking woman in President Ronald Reagan's White House, and was the first Latina ever nominated to the United States Cabinet, when President George W. Bush nominated her Secretary of Labor. She withdrew from consideration for the position when the media published allegations that she had employed an illegal immigrant a decade earlier. In 2000, Chavez was named a Living Legend by the Library of Congress.

<i>MotorWeek</i> American public television program

MotorWeek is an automotive news and information program focused on car road tests, previews and maintenance tips. This Program is produced by Maryland Public Television PBS and also airs on the commercial cable/satellite channel MAVTV.

<i>Washington Week</i> American public affairs television program

Washington Week with The Atlantic is an American public affairs television program, which has aired on PBS and its predecessor, National Educational Television, since 1967. Unlike other panel discussion shows which encourage informal debates as a means of presentation, Washington Week consistently follows a path of civility and moderation. Its format is that of a roundtable featuring the show's moderator and two to four Washington-based journalists.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Miles O'Brien (journalist)</span> American science journalist

Miles O'Brien is an independent American broadcast news journalist specializing in science, technology, and aerospace who has been serving as national science correspondent for PBS NewsHour since 2010.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">WSBE-TV</span> PBS member station in Providence, Rhode Island

WSBE-TV, branded on-air as Rhode Island PBS, is a PBS member television station licensed to Providence, Rhode Island, United States, serving the entire state as well as Bristol County, Massachusetts. The station is owned by the Rhode Island PBS Foundation, a non-profit organization. WSBE-TV's studios are located on Park Lane in Providence, and its transmitter is located on Pine Street in Rehoboth, Massachusetts.

Talkback Live is a talk show on CNN that lasted from 1994 until 2003.

<i>The Chris Matthews Show</i> American TV series or program

The Chris Matthews Show was a half-hour weekend news and political round table program produced by NBC News. It was taped in Washington, D.C., and nationally syndicated by NBCUniversal Television Distribution. The program debuted on September 22, 2002 and its final episode aired July 21, 2013.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Bonnie Erbé</span> American journalist and television host

Bonnie Ginzburg Erbé is an American journalist and television host based in Washington, D.C.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Leon C. Collins</span>

Leon C. Collins is a media executive, media educator, producer/director, script writer, and photographic artist. Collins is recognized as one of the first prominent African-American public television management pioneers in the United States.

Andrew Solt is a British-born American producer, director, and writer of documentary films. Solt has had a long career in television. A frequent focus of his documentaries is rock and roll music, its history and star performers.

Gutfeld!, known as The Greg Gutfeld Show from 2015 to 2021, is an American news and political satire talk show on Fox News Channel, created and presented by Greg Gutfeld. It airs at 10:00 P.M. ET on weeknights. In the event of breaking news, the show is preempted by an extra hour of Fox News @ Night. The show debuted on May 31, 2015, with Greg Gutfeld as host and Kat Timpf and Joanne Nosuchinsky as panelists. After Nosuchinsky left the show in 2016 to pursue an acting career, Tyrus joined as the other regular panelist. Gutfeld! has been taped in front of a live studio audience since early 2016, and features a combination of political satire, comedy, and discussion regarding current events.


  1. Patricia Brennan. "'TO THE CONTRARY'; Women's Views of the News". The Washington Post , 8/12/2001.
  2. Peter Johnson, Matt Roush and Jefferson Graham. "Panel of women offers 'Contrary' view of news". USA Today , 4/2/1992.