PBS veep mulls more British programs

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Will PBS be featuring ever-more British content? Senior v.p. for programming John Wilson tells Broadcast Now, a British magazine, that the economy is forcing the network to use major investments for programs “really vital to the schedule. We cannot afford nice-to-have programming; it has to be must-have programming.” Wilson also says the poor economy may mean PBS will be turning more to UK suppliers for lower-cost acquisitions “when we feel it’s the right kind of content.” The mag calls PBS “a major buyer and co-producer of British factual and entertainment programming.”