St. Louis Magazine Article on Nine PBS Kids Channel

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PBS and the Nine Network to Launch Educational 24-Hour Kids Channel

The channel will launch January 16 and take the place of Nine Kids.

-- St. Louis Magazine, by Sarah Kloepple:

Kids can soon enjoy an educational channel dedicated to PBS Kids programming.

Launching January 16, Nine PBS KIDS will be a 24/7 sophisticated, multi-platform educational service that will feature favorite PBS Kids shows, family movies, online streaming, and more.

Lesli Rotenberg, senior vice president and general manager of Children's Media and Education at PBS (and a St. Louis native), says PBS contacted Jack Galmiche, president and CEO of the Nine Network in St. Louis, when it recognized a need for the channel.

"I wanted to learn from him: what's working, what's not working, how we could get PBS national to build a service that would be helpful to you and other stations across the country," says Rotenberg. "[Galmiche] really challenged me to make the service more educational."

Rotenberg says most PBS stations across the country didn't have a kid's channel and that the Nine Network was ahead of its time in that regard. This new channel will launch nationally and take the place of Nine Kids.

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