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On Nov. 21, a day after The Washington Post reported that eight women have accused Charlie Rose of sexually harassing them, PBS formally cut ties with the famed interviewer and cancelled distribution of his nightly show.
PBS member stations have been in a programming rut ever since. With that in mind, the organization announced Monday that member stations will have the option of rebroadcasting Christiane Amanpour’s CNN International show in the time slot formerly held by Charlie Rose.
The show will be offered “on an interim basis,” starting in New York on Monday, and available to all member stations starting Dec. 11. The show will carry PBS branding and will be called Amanpour on PBS.
“PBS is also finalizing plans for a second public affairs program to follow Amanpour on PBS in the 11:30 p.m. half-hour time slot, rounding out the hour, with a separate announcement to follow,” the organization said in a release. A PBS spokeswoman said the organization won’t be announcing any further details about the show at this time.
PBS CEO Paula Kerger said that Amanpour’s show “adds to the long tradition of public affairs programming that has been a hallmark of public media for decades.”
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