ONLY 16 U.S. PUBLIC TV STATIONS LEFT CARRYING
NEW YORK—-EastEnders on public television in the U.S.
has gone through a rough patch this year with the
latest station announcing cancellation being
WPTD/ThinkTV 16 of Dayton, OH, on the heels of further
cancellations in Philaldephia (WHYY), San Jose (KTEH)
and Plattsburgh, NY (WCFE).
The Walford Gazette thought that it might be a
good time to take stock of who’s left.
According to BBC Worldwide, which sells the
programs to public TV stations, there are 16 stations
left still carrying EastEnders.
In no particular order, they include:
WSKG - Binghamton, NY
WLVT - Allentown, PA
WPBS - Watertown, NY
WGCU - Fort Myers, FL
WCVE - Richmond, VA
North Carolina Public Television
WLIW - Plainview, NY
WETA - Arlington, VA
WPBT - Miami, FL
KUHT - Houston, TX
Prairie Public TV, Fargo, ND
KTCA, St. Paul, MN
WCNY, Syracuse, NY
KBTC, Tacoma, WA
KOCE, Huntington Beach, CO
KBDI, Denver, CO
The series debuted in the U.S. on approximately
50 stations in 1988, three years after its debut on
British television, where it’s an institution and
among the highest rated shows in U.K. history.
Meanwhile, in the U.S., EastEnders has never
grown beyond its cult status, and scores of public TV
stations have dropped it steadily due to its high
cost, low ratings and poor financial support from
Occasionally, the threat of cancellations have
left the series’ continuation in doubt, such as what
happened in 1996 when WNYC, the flagship station, was
sold by then mayor Rudy Guiliani, and the BBC made
overtures that it would not be able to continue
satellite transmission if a replacement station in the
New York area was not found.
Thankfully, WLIW, picked up EastEnders and has
stuck by it, although occasionally expressing
disappointment that not enough viewers have
financially supported the show.
The Walford Gazette, which was founded 11 years
ago to give the stations a premium-incentive tool in
their fundraising efforts for EastEnders, urges that
all fans who watch via public television to support
their local stations with what they can give
financially when they’re asked to contribute.
A BBC source said that any further cancellations
should be known next spring.
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