"Frontline" Programming Changes

Written by Holly on Tuesday May 3, 2011

FRON_2913_Fight_for_Al_QaedaIn light of the killing of Osama bin Laden by U.S. Special Forces in Pakistan, FRONTLINE is revising its May lineup.

Tonight's program, originally titled "Fighting for Al Qaeda," is now "Fighting for bin Laden" and will be hosted by veteran FRONTLINE producer/correspondent Martin Smith, who first reported on bin Laden for FRONTLINE back in 1999.

In the lead segment, Afghan journalist Najibullah Quraishi (from FRONTLINE "Behind Taliban Lines") once again goes deep inside enemy territory.  He gains rare access to a band of Afghan mujahideen and foreign fighters who say they're loyal to bin Laden and are preparing a new offensive against the U.S. and coalition forces.

Then, FRONTLINE crosses the border into Pakistan, where correspondents Stephen Grey and Martin Smith go inside The Secret War against the militants.  Grey interviews a mid-level Taliban commander living not far from where bin Laden was killed who confirms Pakistan's role as a safe haven for many of the militants fighting against the U.S.

FRONTLINE "Fighting for bin Laden" will air on OETA tonight, May 3, at 8pm with a repeat broadcast at midnight. It will also repeat on OKLA on Wednesday, May 4, at 8pm.

The segment titled Educating Sergeant Pantzke, which was originally scheduled to air as part of the May 3rd episode, will now air as part of a future newsmagazine edition. 

The episodes scheduled to air on the next two Tuesday evenings (May 10th and 17th) are switching airdates. The May schedule now looks like this:
  • May 10 at 8pm -- FRONTLINE "Kill/Capture" -- A film about the U.S. military's stepped-up campaign to kill or capture thousands of Taliban militants
  • May 17 at 8pm -- FRONTLINE "The Meth Epidemic" -- An updated investigation into the devastating impact methamphetamine is having on individuals, families, and U.S. communities 
  • May 24 at 8pm -- FRONTLINE "WikiSecrets" -- Through interviews with Julian Assange, accused-leaker Private Bradley E. Manning’s father and others, FRONTLINE reveals the story behind the biggest intelligence breach in U.S. history: the leaking of more than half-a-million classified documents on the Wikileaks website