Jan 31, 2011

Ebert's new show finally arrives in Seattle

PBS member station KBTC in Seattle/Tacoma is picking up the new Roger Ebert Presents At the Movies. Why is that news? Because some local viewers were mightily peeved that Seattle's KCTS decided not to run it – one of the few pubTV stations that passed on the popular critic's latest program. KCTS programmer Randy Brinson told a Seattle Times blogger that the decision not to carry the show was based on "scheduling logistics and financial reality." In another word, pledge. It would "get pre-empted on a regular basis, as a normal course of events due to our occasional pledge programming." Which would annoy viewers, Brinson said, because the movie reviews are time-sensitive.

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