Kerger says PBS UK channel will air 1,000 unique hours of content next year

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PBS UK “promises to be one of the most interesting channel launches for some time,” according to the Guardian, “as long as the programming can deliver on the public service promise.” In an interview with the British paper, PBS President Kerger says the channel, which launches Nov. 1, will present 500 unique hours of content this year and 1,000 hours next year. Very little will be children’s programming; Kerger notes that a survey showed the market is already “well served” for that content. Kerger also hopes the channel will “give people here in the UK a sense of how news is reported in the United States”— although PBS NewsHour will air one day later there.