Boston PBS Affiliate Will Not Air Debate on Genocide

BOSTON (Globe Newspaper Company)–Joining several PBS affiliates across the country–Boston’s WGBH has decided not to air the controversial panel discussion featuring two known Genocide deniers.

The round-table show was slated to air April 17–immediately following Andrew Goldberg’s one-hour documentary [The Armenian Genocide]. Taped last month and moderated by National Public Radio host Scott Simon–the panel features Justin McCarthy and Omer Turan–both of whom deny that the killing of one and half million Armenia’s living in the Ottoman Empire during World War I was a genocide.

WGBH spokeswoman Lucy Sholley said that although the station will not be airing the panel discussion–it will air the film as planned.

”We at WGBH have reviewed the documentary–and we feel that it stands on its own," she said Thursday. ”This was an editorial decision."

Boston’s WGBH is one of the most respected PBS affiliates in the country. Los Angeles’s KCET-TV and New York’s WNET-TV are two other stations that will not air the panel discussion.


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