Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Happy Birthday, PBS!

U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for Nov. 3 | Reuters: "PBS, the Public Broadcasting System, aired its first television broadcasts 40 years ago today, as a string of local educational channels united to form the network. Over the years, PBS has built a reputation for excellent programs and objectivity. Some of its well-known programs include the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, Masterpiece, Antiques Roadshow, The American Experience, and Sesame Street. For some years, it was the leading broadcaster of key tennis matches. The Public Broadcasting System currently has more than 350 stations, which collectively own the network."

Hat tip to Todd Mason.

2 comments:

Richard S. Wheeler said...

Here are my old fogey credentials. For years, Montana PBS has aired the BBC comedy As Time Goes By, starring Judi Dench and Geoffrey Palmer. It's about the late-life courtship and marriage of a couple separated by the Korean war. It is adult, funny, tender, civilized and happy, and salted with British eccentrics. I will always thank PBS for bringing it to me.

Todd Mason said...

Montana PBS, and the syndicator BBC WorldWide Americas, were probably responsible for that being available (though originally the now-defunct Continental Program Marketing might've been the distributor that brought it to your stations). Not really a PBS show, but Montana PBS probably would thank you for your testimony...