TWIDW Update: WCET Cincinnati OH, WILL Urbana IL, Tom Baker's Age
- Some updates to the January 19th This Week In Doctor Who column.
1) WCET 48 Cincinnati, OH http://cetconnect.org WILL continue airing
Doctor Who beyond this Saturday (January 22). Doctor Who's
disappearance on January 29th was just a late change for a special
(Red Green special in this case). My apologies for any jumping the
gun here. From WCET:
"Regarding CET removing Doctor Who, to quote a former Doctor Who
script editor... Don't panic!
"Doctor Who is being moved 1/29 for a rebroadcast of "Being Red
Green: The Steve Smith Story". It isn't on the first weekend of
February as CET is doing pledge for Superbowl Weekend.
"Doctor Who returns February 12 at 11pm with "The Daemons" episode 1
& 2 and continues throughout February 26th with episode 5 of "The
Daemons". After that, it is up in the air as the Program Director is
still trying to get hold of her contact with the BBC.
"Stay tuned... as they say."
2) WILL 12 Urbana, IL http://www.will.uiuc.edu has announced that
Doctor Who will end on their station, though it will run through
February 26. From programming Director David Thiel to a reader of
"Thanks for the note. Unfortunately, I can confirm that our final
showing of "Doctor Who" for the foreseeable future will
be "Enlightenment" episode four on February 26.
"In our case, the reason is strictly budgetary. As you may know,
we've faced some tough financial challenges this year, including
decreases in State and University funding, and a 5% increase in PBS
dues. While we've made other cuts throughout WILL that are largely
invisible to viewers, we finally had to take a hard look at the
program acquisition budget. (Besides "Doctor Who," the other
casualty was "The Nightly Business Report," which left our air at
the beginning of January.)
"Our fiscal year runs from July 1 to June 30, and when we raise
funds, we do so for the next fiscal year. That means that in the
short run, we simply don't have the money to extend the "Doctor Who"
contract past February. (This last batch of "Doctor Who" episodes
was purchased during the previous fiscal year.) Any change in our
fortunes would not take effect until the new budget year. Your
membership in the Friends of WILL is, of course, always appreciated
and contributes to the overall health of our enterprise and the
programs we can afford, but I don't want to offer any false hopes
about "Doctor Who."
"It's entirely coincidental that it's occurring at the same time
that the remaining public TV stations still running "Who" appear to
be ending their own contracts; I don't have any information about
that. And, of course, it's ironic that it will happen just before
the British premiere of the new series. (We still don't know
anything about when or how the show will be seen in America!)"
3) Finally, as many readers pointed out, Tom Baker turns *71* on 20
January 2005, not *76*. Thanks for the correction, guys.
Benjamin F. Elliott
Editor, This Week In Doctor Who