Head of PBS Fires Back at Mitt Romney

Jan 5, 2012  •  Post A Comment

Responding to a suggestion from Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney that PBS air advertisements, PBS President and Chief Executive Paula Kerger said that won’t happen, reports the Los Angeles Times’ Show Tracker blog.

Kerger said Federal Communications Commission rules prohibit the types of ads that Romney is suggesting, the story says. She also noted that "Sesame Street" and other shows would not be able to survive in their current form unless support from federal and private donors continues.

"If your decisions are driven by Wall Street, you’re going to make different decisions, that’s all," Kerger said. She spoke at the semiannual Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena.

As previously reported, Romney told supporters that he wants to end government subsidization of PBS, noting, "Big Bird is going to have advertisements."

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  1. Although I do not really care for Shit, I mean, Mit Romney, he makes some valid points. “Sesame Street” has been commercialized for a long time with all of the merchandise that they have sold. PBS has to be accountable as a profit center. Their system of doing things is quite antiquated. New terms, new ideas are needed in order to support itself. It is sort of like “Broadcasting Welfare” in that the government is subsidizing an entity that could be paying for itself.

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