Puerto Rican Station Drops PBS Shows

Puerto Rico’s government-controlled WIPR dropped its PBS membership on July 1 — the fourth member station to quit this year. Puerto Rico TV, which produces and broadcasts mostly in Spanish, carried only the English versions of PBS Kids programs. Pedro Rua, WIPR’s EVP, said WIPR and PBS negotiated for about a year but could not reach an agreement that would retain the station as a member.

PBS Stations Consider Opting Out Over Dues

In Chicago, Orlando and Los Angeles, markets with more than one PBS station, the cost of programming may be unreasonable as pledge contributions dwindle and some PBS stations are questioning whether they can continue to find a way to make the PBS business model work.