New afternoon schedule starts February 6 on WSIU TV
CARBONDALE, Ill - Beginning Feb. 6, PBS will provide eight hours of children’s programming on the daytime schedule, from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. The change allows for the addition of a wide variety of new programming from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
In place of children’s shows, the PBS weekday afternoon schedule will now include a mix of lifestyle and “how-to” programming, along with encores of prime-time programs. The new PBS schedule debuting February 6 allows PBS to build on an effort that is already helping many stations — adding programs that appeal to adults who are watching broadcast television.
Why the change?
Many children are now watching PBS programming on digital platforms and on the dedicated PBS KIDS 24/7 broadcast channel.
“Many have moved to streaming platforms,” said Sara DeWitt, Senior Vice President and General Manager of children’s media and education for PBS.
WSIU broadcasts the PBS KIDS 24/7 channel (find your local station) as well as World and Create on two other channels. In addition, WSIU offers a livestream of the PBS KIDS channel. The PBS KIDS App also provides on-demand viewing of specific programs.
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