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Senior Entertainment Reporter John Kiesewetter has been covering TV and media issues for 20 years. After joining the Cincinnati Enquirer in 1975 as a summer intern, he worked as a county government and suburban reporter; assistant city editor and suburban editor; and features editor supervising the Life section. He has a B.S. in journalism from Ohio University.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2007

CET Adds New PBS World Channel

CET joins 54 other PBS stations Wednesday in launching the new World digital documentary, public affairs and news channel over-the-air as digital Channel 48.2, plus Time Warner digital Channel 950 and Insight Channel 219.

PBS' World will air repeats of "Nova," "Nature," the "NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, Charlie Rose, "Tavis Smiley" and other popular PBS personalities and programs. Susan Howarth, CET president and CEO, calls it "the best of the best."

Grace Hill, CET program director, says the new World channel will help satisfy viewers who have called asking for repeats of the "NewsHour," or an earlier time slot for "Charlie Rose."
On World, "NewsHour" will air at 10 p.m. weeknights, and "Charlie Rose" will replay at 5 p.m. weekdays.

There could be some confusion over the World, so stick with me here:

--Create -- with such shows as "Lap Quilting," "One Stroke Painting" and "America Sews" – will remain as Time Warner digital Channel 949. But it vanishes from Insight digital Channel 219, and as an over-the-air digital channel on Channel 43.2, due to the new World.

--CET Kids will no longer be 24/7 on Time Warner. When the World takes over TWC digital Channel 950, Kids will share an instructional TV (ITV) channel. So Kids will air 3:30 p.m.-8 a.m., around the educational program block on TWC digital Channel 931.

--Don't trust the CET online listings for World at It’s full of inaccuracies. It lists the “NewsHour” at 9 a.m., and “Wild Chronicles” at 10 p.m., and no “Charlie Rose” repeats. On the station blog, COO Jack Dominic laments about the listings screw-ups in “Ain’t Technology Great” on the CET blog.

--The CET website also still lists CET Kids as over-the-air digital Channel 48.3, even though the station dropped broadcasts months and months ago.

--And one question: If the benefit of adding World is so people can watch favorite shows at a different time – and the World is a Time Warner digital channel, requring a digital box – won’t those viewers have a DVR in the digital cable box to record their favorite PBS shows and watch on-demand at home? Why would anyone with a TWC DVR box wait to see Charlie Rose at 5 p.m. the next day, when they could DVR it and watch anytime? Am I missing something here?


at 8/14/2007 11:48 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are digital boxes without DVR's.

at 8/14/2007 12:13 PM Blogger Michael said...

That is so silly PBS Kids is one of the better services that they provided. So instead of showing it during the daytime, you know when the target audience would be at home, they're showing it in the late afternoon and overnight? Does this not make sense to anyone else?

at 8/14/2007 1:37 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...


I believe that PBS normally has kids shows on during the day, so this would just provide a continuous kids shows. I wish WCET-DT would just drop all subchannels and give all bandwidth to 48.1, the HD would look alot better.

at 8/14/2007 9:12 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are a lot of us who watch WCET digital over the airwaves. I thin World sounds like a better lineup than Create. I do wish that the enquirer would put the program guide in the paper tv guide though

at 8/17/2007 6:27 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's great. Time Warner immediately adds another PBS channel in HD... but no NFL Network or FSN Ohio HD. Like we actually need any more PBS channels. Honestly, who watches that stuff?

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