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."