TVNewsCheck's Contributing Editor P.J. Bednarski spoke at length with PBS President Paula Kerger last week about KCET's decision to drop its PBS membership in January (Current, Oct. 18). The transcript was posted Sunday (Oct. 31). Excerpts:
— Concerning the negotiations: "I don’t want you to walk away from this discussion with the idea that we took a really hard line. There were lots of other options that were put on the table that just weren’t acceptable."
— Reactions in the system: "I’ve heard from a number of stations, and I’m going out to meet with more, and basically what I have heard is consistent: The stations are supportive of the fact that we do care about equity across the system."
— Other stations following suit: "I haven’t heard from anyone saying, hey, this is a good deal, sign me up."
— The station-PBS relationship: "This is very much a media organization. But we are not a distant parent."