Slate columnist sees PBS as the “hideous, ugly televised brother” of NPR

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“Save NPR! But please, put PBS out of its misery.” That’s quite the provocative headline, and the Slate piece by columnist and author Mark Oppenheimer continues to rack up comments.

Oppenheimer said while PBS was a powerhouse early in its existence, “today, it can be difficult to find what ambitious, interesting programming there is on PBS. Earlier this month, I tuned in a few times and was greeted by Antiques Roadshow, a doo-wop concert that I have seen before while channel-surfing, and — several times — the financial advice of Suze Orman. From those glimpses, it seemed that an average evening on PBS had all the intelligence of VH1 and all the youth appeal of CBS.”