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Ch.17's latest program delay is driving "Miss Daisy" fans crazy

The programming policies of WNED-TV can drive some of the PBS station’s fans a little crazy at times because it doesn’t always air shows locally at the same time they air nationally.

In one of the more ridiculous delays, WNED carried an episode of the syndicated program “Theater Talk” last month that predicted the winners of the Tony Awards two weeks AFTER the award show hosted by Alan Cumming and Kristin Chenoweth actually ran on CBS.

The latest example angering Channel 17 viewers concerns a new production of “Driving Miss Daisy,” which stars Angela Lansbury and James Earl Jones.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning play originally was staged in 1987 and made into a film in 1989. In the new version that was part of a 2013 Australian tour, Lansbury plays the Southern widow and Jones plays her chauffeur.

It airs nationally on PBS’ “Great Performances” on Friday night.

But the local PBS affiliate has aired movies for years on Friday night, which means Woody Allen’s “Annie Hall” is on instead of “Daisy.”

Ron Santora, WNED's vice president of broadcasting, usually handles queries about Channel 17's programming delays. But he is on vacation.

Wendy Westphal, the broadcast operations coordinator at Channel 17, said today that the plan is to air "Daisy"
at 8 p.m. Aug. 21 and repeat it at 12 a.m. Aug. 25. The station received numerous telephone calls after Sunday’s TV Topics highlighted the production.

If fans of Lansbury or Jones can’t wait that long and are tech savvy, they can stream “Daisy” on the PBS website on Saturday night since PBS streams programs 24 hours after they air nationally. With the newer so-called "smart" televisions, it is easier to stream programs than it has been in the past.

Channel 4 sports anchor and reporter Lauren Brill essentially confirmed she is leaving the station at the end of July in tweets responding to her supporters who read my Monday blog dealing with her departure on Twitter.

She also responded to an email I sent her by thanking me for my good wishes. However, she declined to answer where she is going. I am told that she has told some colleagues that she has a job lined up in another market.

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