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WGBH Delays Show Featuring Lesbians

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Sun, 23 Jan 2005 00:43:31 -0500

By Suzanne C. Ryan, Globe Staff | January 22, 2005

WGBH-TV (Channel 2) has pushed back airing an episode of its new
'Arthur' spinoff "Postcards From Buster" because the episode features
a lesbian couple and their three children.

The episode was originally scheduled to air Feb. 2 but is now slated
for March 23. WGBH, which produces the children's show, said it wants
to give other PBS member stations around the country a chance to
review the contents. Those stations can then decide whether to air it.

WGBH's decision comes the same week as complaints by some Christian
conservative groups that a video about diversity due to be sent to
61,000 US schools in March promotes the acceptance of homosexuality.
The video features Barney and a host of cartoon characters including
SpongeBob SquarePants.

The episode of "Postcards From Buster" is not about homosexuality,
said Jeanne Hopkins, a spokeswoman for WGBH. Still the station
acknowledged that it had heard 'concerns' from other stations
recently. Hopkins declined to identify the stations because
conversations about programming go on constantly, she said. WGBH said
it plans to send the episode to member stations next week.

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