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Where’s my show you ask? New schedule brings new programs

Posted on 22 Mar 2012

This week, you may have noticed some changes to our AETN lineup.  Some of your favorite shows have switched time slots, most notably Charlie Rose, Tavis Smiley, BBC World News, and Globe Trekker.  We've also added some new and exciting programs to our daily schedule.

First of all, you may be wondering "Why make changes?"  The simple reason is... really not so simple.  Here at AETN, we are always looking for ways to maximize our schedule.  We want to fit as much quality programming as possible into any given 24-hour period.  And, there is simply no way to schedule every program our viewers request without shifting things around a bit.

In some cases, we consider the time slot.  While looking at our overall schedule and mission, we felt that older kids' educational programming would fit well in the Monday through Friday 5 p.m. time slot.  These programs, such as Biz Kidz, Scigirls, and Design Squad had been airing at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday afternoons, at a time when younger viewers typically aren't watching television.  The 5 p.m. airtime means that children and young adults will have easier access to the shows they love, at a time that research shows is an optimal viewing time.  The move also allowed us to bring back shows like Signing Times and Everyday Edisons.

In other cases, we look for a common theme or flow to our programming.  Putting Tavis into our late night News/Public Affairs block seemed to be a good choice, since that is when PBS feeds the program to stations, and when most other stations air it.  Also, by moving Globe Trekker over to Sundays, and scheduling it alongside Exploring Arkansas and Rick Steves’ Europe, we now have a quality two hour block of travel shows you won't find anywhere else but on public television.

As for BBC World News, we looked at the logistics of actually getting the show on-air.  Broadcasting a program as it's being fed from satellite is optimal, and now BBC World News does just that.  With the move to 11 p.m., viewers now get a live feed of the program, complete with newer content and up to the minute developments from around the world.

We know that anytime we move a program, we may hear from viewers.  When we make a change to our schedule, we do it thoughtfully, with the needs of our viewers as our top concern.  The recent changes to our schedule have allowed AETN to maximize our programming for the people of Arkansas - we've been able to add six brand new viewer-requested programs, as well as bring back three other audience favorites!  

We take our service to the people of Arkansas very seriously, and we pay attention to viewer feedback.  If you have any feedback you'd like to share, on the new shows or the lineup changes, we'd love to hear from you at info@aetn.org. 

Here is a list of shows and their new times:

Sunday:
Exploring Arkansas at 5 p.m.
Rick Steves at 5:30 p.m.
Globe Trekker at 6 p.m.

Weekdays at 5 p.m.:
Biz Kidz - Monday
Design Squad - Tuesday
Scigirls - Wednesday
Everyday Edisons - Thursday
Signing Time - Friday

Weekdays at 10:30 p.m.:
Roadtrip Nation - Monday
This American Land - Tuesday
Growing a Greener World - Wednesday
Maria Hinojosa: One-On-One - Thursday
Sun Studios - Friday 

BBC World News at 11 p.m.

Charlie Rose at 11:30 p.m.

Tavis Smiley at 12:30 a.m.

Saturday:
Yoga with Andrea at 6:30am



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