Magazine article The Quill

Many PBS Stations Air Rukeyser

Magazine article The Quill

Many PBS Stations Air Rukeyser

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In the spring, when Maryland Public Television fired Louis Rukeyser from "Wall Street Week," one of the longest-running public affairs programs on PBS, the popular host moved to CNBC and started a new show, "Louis Rukeyser's Wall Street."

Rukeyser used his last PBS show to plead for fans and underwriters to make their displeasure known to public television officials, and they did so in substantial numbers, The Washington Post reported.

He was quickly back on PBS via an unusual distribution and underwriting deal that allows his CNBC program to be picked up by PBS member stations at no cost.

By mid-July, 158 PBS stations, or roughly 45 percent, had opted to run the new show. That was high enough for Newsday to report "an unusual revolt within the Public Broadcasting Service. …

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