PBS Plans American Invasion in Britain

Aug 1, 2011  •  Post A Comment

PBS will bring American public broadcasting to the U.K. via a digital channel that will show its older and current shows in Britain, reports Elizabeth Jensen in The New York Times’ Media Decoder blog.

PBS, which is known for airing many British programs in the U.S., declined to comment on specific shows or on where the channel would be available because the plans aren’t yet final, the story says.

PBS Chief Executive Paula Kerger said that while the network has sold its programs individually to foreign broadcasters, it started to consider an actual channel after looking at the international networks of rival U.S. outlets such as Discovery, the piece notes.

Richard Kingsbury, who formerly ran the Good Food and Yesterday networks in Britain, began as head of PBS UK in July, the article adds.

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