TWIDW Update: Detailed WCET Statement
- WCET 48 Cincinnati, OH http://cetconnect.org sent out a more
detailed statement on Friday to Doctor Who fans regarding the
imminent departure of the series from their schedule.
'Hi, my name is Brian Snape. I work for CET and I'd like to speak on
behalf of CET regarding the sudden departure of Doctor Who from our
'Sadly, it is true. This Saturday, January 22nd, is the final
broadcast of Doctor Who on our air. Starting February 12th, we will
begin airing The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy at 11pm.
'As for the reason why: the BBC is eager to sell the new series with
Christopher Eccleston here in the United States and is not renewing
contract with PBS stations at this time. The official word from our
contact at the BBC states:
'"Unfortunately, we won't be able to proceed with a renewal of
Doctor Who at this time. The new series of Doctor Who is currently
being shopped around to various commercial broadcasters. For this
reason, we have been asked not to make any syndication agreements on
this title until further notice. I'm sorry if this has caused you
inconvenience. Our sales department has been under strong pressure
to get this new, glossy series highly placed. Unfortunately, this
was a commercial strategy decision,and we do not have enough of an
existing PBS user base to bid against cable or the commercial
giants, some of which are taking the new series in consideration.
Thank you for understanding."
'I'm writing this email to stress that this is not a decision that
CET made. It is being enforced at other PBS stations around the
country that show Doctor Who and our hands are tied. And speaking
personally as a Whovian who has watched Doctor Who since it
premiered on CET May 4th, 1985, I'm extremely disappointed that it
had to come down to this.
'We appreciate the help and support you've given to CET through the
years and we hope we can continue to work with you in future.
Brian R. Snape
'Be more engaged. Be more CET.'
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