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PBS granted UK license

U.S. public service broadcaster PBS has been granted a service license to launch in the UK, the territory's media regulator has announced.
August 2, 2011

U.S. public service broadcaster PBS has been granted a service license to launch in the UK, the territory’s media regulator has announced.

The license comes amid reports on both sides of the Atlantic that PBS will launch a UK channel this fall, to be helmed by Richard Kingsbury, the former head of UKTV’s Good Food and Yesterday channels, who reportedly started in July as the general manager of PBS UK.

A spokesperson for UK regulator Ofcom told realscreen that the license had been issued for pay-TV platform Sky, but that PBS could also launch on the Virgin Media platform.

However, the spokesperson added that the granting of the license did not compel PBS to launch a channel, and said networks sometimes buy licenses and do not use them.

Meanwhile, a PBS spokesperson said that the network was unable to provide any further details on a possible launch as “plans are not finalized” yet for PBS UK.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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