PBS has announced that it is partnering with Canadian venture capitalist, David Lyons, to launch PBS UK. It seems a strange time and place to expand. Perhaps they aren’t aware that the BBC has cornered every corner of the pub-casting market in the UK, and on planet earth. And how could they know that British audiences have little to no appetite for American subjects? Not unlike its stateside mothership, PBS UK may even acquire or commission British content to round out a limited menu.
We at FIXPBS.com wish PBS UK well, but we don’t hold high hopes for its survival. If PBS can’t find a way to be relevant, and stay solvent, in America, how can it be expected to make an impact in a country that has already practically perfected public broadcasting?