The Chicago Tribune reports that “Mister Rogers” will be removed from the schedules of many PBS stations beginning September 8.
PBS said its decision is a reaction to the show’s declining ratings and the desire of several local stations for new programming. Although it’s no longer feasible for PBS to keep ‘Mister Rogers’ on the air, episodes eventually may be available online.
According to the Tribune, about 60 percent of PBS’ 355 member stations carry “Mister Rogers”. An executive at Family Communications – a non-profit launched by Fred Rogers – said only a few stations will continue to show it daily. Family Communications produced [and still owns] the show.