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Heinrich Coup-de-Suite
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Re: PBS
Heinrich Coup-de-Suite   4/26/2012 11:10:28 AM
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Yes, after viewing the latest Wuthering Heights adaptation, some Una Vida, Un Destino would be good.

Noreen Seebacher
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Re: PBS
Noreen Seebacher   4/26/2012 10:47:17 AM
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I hope you want to see Mexican soap operas for their cultural significance, @Heinrich, and not because they are primarily known for featuring very attractive actors.

Heinrich Coup-de-Suite
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Re: PBS
Heinrich Coup-de-Suite   4/26/2012 1:37:34 AM
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Purging public broadcasting of its left-wing idealism was a mission of the Reagan revolution that seems to have prevailed.  The "free ride" aspect of it looks like it has run its course as well, although seven minutes of commercials between programs is somewhat preferable to interruptions in the programs. 

What's left to appeal to viewers is the programming generated by the nonprofit foundations.  I think in Europe, where most broadcasting is a government affair, more talent goes into the subsidized broadcasts than in the States and Canada, where the talent goes to the major studios.

That's probably why BBC shows have more of a following.  I'd personally like to see some Mexican soap operas on public television, but that probably won't happen for some time.

mInvestor
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Re: BBC
mInvestor   4/25/2012 9:22:15 PM
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If you guys think Brit's programs are boring, then what do you see Germany. How about our cousins Canadian and Australia,

 

Ted Faraone
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If only they spent their money on something constructive...
Ted Faraone   4/24/2012 2:49:44 PM
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Marvin,

 

If only people like the Koch Bros. spent their money on something constructive, the way the Warner Bros. did, PBS and NPR would not have to go cap in hand to "underwriters" and broadcast endless pledge drives. 

 

Instead the Koch Bros. spend their money attacking anybody who has a brain.  At least they're consistent.  PBS still has a brain.  And PBS president Paula Kerger is no fool.

 

I like Joan Krock.  She was the widow of Ray Kroc, the guy who founded the now publicly traded McDonald's fast food chain.  She left NPR $200,000,000 in her will.

 

If the Koch Bros. gave the kind of money that they put into super PACs to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, I'd bet that the need for PBS seek out "underwriting" would vanish.  If only congress would set up a steady revenue stream for public broadcasting, instead of trying to abolish it every year, we could also be spared "underwriting".  Heck, if President Obama had given the $600 million he raised in 2008 to the CPB, there would be no need for congress to kick in a dime.

 

Instead, the president, congress, and the Koch Bros. come off more like the Marx Bros. than the Warner Bros.  The major difference between the Koch Bros. and the Marx Bros. is that the Marxes were acting.

 

Cheers,

Ted.

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Re: BBC
Noreen Seebacher   4/24/2012 11:37:36 AM
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Comedian Ricky Gervais said the biggest difference between the U.S. version and the U.K. version of The Office was that the US "had to make Michael Scott a slightly nicer guy, with a rosier outlook to life."
He could still be childish, and insecure, and even a bore, but he couldn't be too mean. ...Brits almost expect doom and gloom so to start off that way but then have a happy ending is an unexpected joy. Network America has to give people a reason to like you not just a reason to watch you. In Britain we stop watching things like Big Brother when the villain is evicted. We don't want to watch a bunch of idiots having a good time. We want them to be as miserable as us.


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Re: BBC
AskAsa   4/24/2012 11:14:29 AM
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I totally agree. Both the content and business model are unsettling. When they take a show like the Brits version of "The Office" And bring it here it is much more palatable to American tastes.

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cat tail   4/24/2012 10:03:24 AM
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I always want to like the BBC, but tyhen I actually put it on...and, well, the Brits just tend to be boring.

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Scott Raynovich   4/23/2012 6:31:52 PM
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Though I like the BBC, I've never really understood the European model of publicly-funded media. The last source I want for my information is the government!

It's a bit reminiscent of when the governments typically owned the telephone companies (many still do). The government-run telephone company always had the small of Soveit-style bureaucracy.

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AskAsa   4/23/2012 5:59:14 PM
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The BBC is facing a similar crisis in both funding and content. 

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