A subreddit that covers Pennsylvania TV stations is calling for the state’s public broadcaster to step down after a series of embarrassing mistakes.
In a post on Reddit , user _____ writes that, while the Pennsylvania Commission on Public Broadcasting has been doing a good job of educating the public about the state of its television stations, the FCC has repeatedly made it seem as if they’re being left behind.
“I can tell you this, that I’ve been to at least 20 times where the PBO [Pennsylvania Commission on Telecommunications] has just been so bad that it’s not even funny anymore.
They have a really bad reputation in my opinion,” the user writes.”
They have a bad reputation with the public, and they’ve done nothing to address it,” the Reddit user adds.”
In the past I’ve seen them do everything in their power to try and make sure we had a high-quality news and entertainment channel, but then, after the FCC voted to strip us of that channel, they just sit back and watch the channel’s ratings fall.
Now that the channel has been completely shut down, I’m calling for them to come out and tell the truth.”
In the wake of the scandal, many users have also started a petition calling for Pennsylvania TV networks to leave the PBNB.
“You know, we need a PBO that is going to take the time to educate us, and we need to know what they are doing, and I want the people of Pennsylvania to know who we are, because I know we are a bunch of morons that have no idea what we are talking about,” the poster writes.
While the Pennsylvania State Television Commission has said it will take a closer look at the complaints, the petition says the state can’t afford to be left behind by PBS, which has been in existence since 1946.
The petition also demands that the PBS commission create a new board to oversee the PBT.
“We are asking the PBR commissioners to create a board with a mandate to oversee, monitor and report to the PBIO, and that board should include the following members: (a) a chairman who will have a proven track record of producing a strong, professional, accountable public broadcaster; (b) a chief operating officer who will be accountable to the public; (c) a chair and CEO who will represent the public interest and will provide input on any decisions to make; and (d) a vice chair and a vice CEO who should be accountable for the PBPB and who will hold the commission accountable,” the petition states.
While this may be an unpopular position, the Reddit poster points out that many people who complain are being given the opportunity to join a boycott against the broadcaster.
“It’s not their fault, because we can’t control what they’re doing, but we can try to stop them from doing anything about it,” he said.
“It’s a good idea to just stand up and say something like that.”