PBS to air Jobs retrospective

As Walter Isaacson’s fascinating biography of late Apple CEO Steve Jobs continues to dominate best seller lists, PBS is offering its own take on the tech and new media mogul. Jobs unveils iphone

“Steve Jobs – One Last Thing” will premiere on the network Nov. 2 (10pm ET), featuring interviews with a number of people who knew him well.

Included in that bunch are Ronald Wayne, co-founder of Apple with Jobs and Steve Wozniak; Ross Perot, who invested in NeXT Computer when Jobs was running out of money; Walt Mossberg, principal technology columnist for The Wall Street Journal, who interviewed Jobs every year from 2003-2010; Dean Hovey, designer of the original mouse for Apple; and Bill Fernandez, who introduced Jobs and Wozniak in Sunnyvale, where the three hung out in his father’s garage and tinkered with electronics.

The documentary will also include clips from an unaired 1994 interview with Jobs where he shares some thoughts on life.

It’s an interesting mix, but the trick will be including information that Isaacson’s extensive bio doesn’t – and that hasn’t been widely disseminated in news reports covering the book.

Pioneer Productions produced the documentary for Channel 4 (UK) and PBS. It was funded by PBS, Channel 4 and Mentorn International.