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February 25, 2005

Station to show 'Buster' episode with two moms

Columbus--The city�s PBS affiliate will play a controversial episode of children�s show Postcards from Buster after receiving protests from the LGBT community, including a prominent Ohio State University alumni group.

The episode, entitled �Sugartime,� deals with the title character, a rabbit who travels across the country, visiting sugar farmers in Vermont.

In the episode, Buster is introduced to a girl�s mother and her lesbian partner, which sparked criticism from U.S. Education Secretary Margaret Spellings.

PBS pulled the episode, but WGBH, the Boston affiliate that produced the show, made it available to stations across the country that wanted to air it.

WOSU Channel 34 originally refused to air the episode, but reversed their decision following a letter from the OSU GLBT Alumni Society to station manager Tom Rieland. The station--and its sister WPBO Channel 42 in Portsmouth--will now broadcast the episode at 7 pm on March 25, coupled with the public affairs show Viewpoint examining the controversy surrounding the show.

WQLN in Erie, Pa. is another one of several dozen stations nationwide that will broadcast �Sugartime,� on March 23.

�We�re happy that WOSU has reversed their decision,� said Jack Miner, president of the OSU GLBT Alumni Society. �But it is still unfortunate that the show requires special treatment with a prime-time airing.�

 

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