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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
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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