CPTV Presents Frontline: Black Money on Tuesday, April 7 at 10:30 p.m.

Release Date: 04/02/2009

HARTFORD, Conn. – Currently, many people are concerned with matters of global finance, big business and corruption. In accordance with these concerns, Connecticut Public Television (CPTV) will air the timely program Frontline: Black Money on Tuesday, April 7 at 10:30 p.m.

Frontline: Black Money follows Frontline correspondent Lowell Bergman as he investigates the dark side of international business, focusing on the system of secret payments – commonly called “black money” – that have changed the way business is done here and around the world. The World Bank believes that as much as a trillion dollars of “black money” changes hands every year.

Bergman looks at several sensational examples of “black money” cases and speaks with such key figures as reporter David Leigh, who helped uncover an $80 billion international arms deal that involved U.S. ambassador Prince Bandar bin Sultan. Black Money also reveals just how deep the corruption goes: all the way the Pentagon, which has ties to a company that was first implicated in a bribery scandal in the 1980s.

As far-reaching as the problem is, however, there is hope that whistleblowers, reporters and a group of lawyers in the U.S. Justice Department will be able to crack down on this system of international corruption. Tune in to Frontline: Black Money and learn more about the “black money” crisis – and what can be done to clean up the mess.

About CPTV
CPTV is a media service of the Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CPBN, www.cpbn.org). It is a locally and nationally recognized producer and presenter of quality public television programming, including UConn Women's Basketball, original documentaries and educational programming. CPTV has built a reputation as a leader in children’s programming, including playing an historic role in bringing Barney & Friends™, Bob the Builder™ and Thomas & Friends™ to public television.  The station offers 11 hours of positive, nurturing children’s programs each weekday, reaching 50,000 to 70,000 households daily. The Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network also includes WNPR, an affiliate of National Public Radio, Public Radio International and American Public Media. WNPR serves over 200,000 listeners in Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island with news and information. Its award-winning local programming includes The Faith Middleton Show and Where We Live. Overall,the network brings a broad spectrum of public affairs, entertainment, sports and educational programming to viewers, listeners and readers. For more information, visit www.cptv.org and/or www.wnpr.org.

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