But there is a difference


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Posted by Bob on October 19, 1999 at 21:30:12:

In Reply to: Re: BIDDING posted by Dave on October 19, 1999 at 12:30:37:

: Thanks for posting this Sam.

: : concerning the PBS thing, as you've been discussing with 'mako' whom i know very well
: : is that, yes! u.s. studios can send things overseas. PBS does tell their patrons
: : that 'their money' is working for them. that becomes more of a PBS accountability issue than
: : one directed toward canadians.

: And should be. Most of PBS has been dominated in part by BBC British series work and I doubt the British contribute a dime.

Actually, the British did/do contribute -- not to PBS, but to the BBC. They pay a TV users tax that funds the production of their programming. PBS does not pay for their production costs. They pay for broadcasting rights. There is a difference. Shows like DOCTOR WHO and MASTERPIECE THEATER were paid for before they were shown in America.

In the case of the Nelvana deal, PBS is paying production costs, which are a whole lot more than paying for reruns.

The question remains: Why should Americans subsidize foreign labor at the expense of their own jobs?


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