Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Buster Update

After I sent them this e-mail, my local PBS station shot back a form e-mail saying basically that they were reviewing the Buster situation and would make a decision soon. Today they sent me a follow-up, excerpted below:

The [Sugartime] episode has been criticized in some quarters by those who feel it would inappropriately expose children to information about non-traditional families with same-sex partners in parental roles. We acknowledge that the topic of same-sex couples is a sensitive one for some people, but after screening this episode we are comfortable that it addresses the issue in an age-appropriate way for the viewers that we serve. Just as in other episodes of the series, parents’ lives in “Sugartime” are included only as a backdrop to the kids’ lives; the focus is on Buster's visits to a sugar house and a dairy farm.

KCTS has not rushed into this decision. We have taken the time to review the program, compare it to other episodes in the series and discuss the issue internally. We also received helpful feedback from a member of our Advisory Board’s Education Committee, and were contacted by many viewers, most of whom advocated for the broadcast of the program. Ultimately, however, the decision to air the program was rooted in our belief that KCTS and KYVE serve diverse communities which are comprised of many different kinds of families, and that it is healthy for children to learn about that diversity in appropriate ways.

We encourage our viewers to watch the program, and then to tell us what they think about it.
Isn't that nice? It's airing February 11th at 4:30. We're going to tape it.


Blogger LilySea said...

"same sex partners in parental roles?"
Um, they mean same-sex parents, right?

At least they're airing it. Thanks for writing.

8:51 PM  
Blogger Robyn said...

that is awesome news. all i've received so far from the Austin affiliate is that they are reviewing it...but that they believe that they will show it. and will get back to me soon. i think i'll send them a copy of what your affiliate said...if you think that's ok.

8:06 AM  
Blogger elswhere said...

Robyn, that sounds more than fine. I'll send you the whole letter, if you want-- email me at elswhere-at-gmail-dot-com.

12:31 PM  
Blogger RHD said...

same-sex partners in parental rolesI think that this relationship appears in a whole different episode of a show that's not on PBS' schedule at all, but I could be wrong not having watched Arthur in some time, and never having seen the Buster show at all.

I suspect the phrase they want is something quite different...

7:41 AM  
Blogger Robin said...

This just in. The Houston PBS station will air the Buster show this week. Sandwiched between disclaimer and discussion, but it will air, nonetheless.

10:15 AM  

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