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Katty Kay: PBS Fills Charlie Rose Time Slot With BBC Show

Katty Kay: PBS Fills Charlie Rose Time Slot With BBC Show
Katty Kay speaks during a rehearsal before a taping of "Jeopardy!" Power Players Week at DAR Constitution Hall on April 21, 2012, in Washington, D.C. (Kris Connor/Getty Images)

Tuesday, 19 December 2017 02:11 PM

PBS is putting a BBC news program hosted by Katty Kay in the second half of the empty time slot vacated by Charlie Rose. It will begin airing Jan. 2 alongisde a Christiane Amanpour program, which is running already.

The program, titled "Beyond 100 Days," features the London-based Christian Fraser as co-anchor. It began as a temporary show to report on the Trump administration, but has continued indefinitely — hence the unusual title, The Associated Press reported.

PBS has had to move quickly to find content for its 11 p.m. hour after ending Rose's show suddenly when he was accused of sexual misconduct. He was also fired as a morning anchor at CBS.

PBS faces the same challenge now at midnight after cutting Tavis Smiley loose on charges of inappropriate behavior.

The programs replacing Rose's interviews give PBS an international outlook for the hour. Amanpour's show is a rebroadcast of one that she does each weekday for CNN International, but it is not aired in the U.S.

"Our role is to fill a market gap and I think the international approach is kind of missing in the news space right now," said Beth Hoppe, PBS' programming chief.

Both programs are interim, however, she said. PBS sought existing programs because they could be ready faster than a show started from scratch. It's unclear how long CNN wants to have Amanpour's program rerun on PBS; the network is already in talks with the BBC about a long-term relationship for "Beyond 100 Days."

Kay, who became familiar to American audiences when she anchored a nightly BBC newscast that aired on most PBS stations, said there's a dedicated core of viewers attracted to the BBC's objectivity and its take on news inside and outside the U.S.

"PBS audiences are smart, informed and global in their outlook," she said. "They certainly don't need a particularly tailored product that explains world events to them. What we give them is a unique perspective on world events."

The show was an immediate hit with the BBC's worldwide audience. Beyond the tweets and drama, viewers overseas are curious about what the Trump administration means for American leadership in the world, she said.

Originally conceived to cover the administration's first 100 days, it was extended and became "100 Days Plus" and finally "Beyond 100 Days." ''It probably needs some explaining to our American viewers," Kay said.

Hoppe's got other ideas for the title.

"If it stays, we might evolve it into something else," she said.

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