Why Is Local Public TV So Bad?

“Local stations can’t afford to create the ‘wow’ factor. The cost of creating local programming that meets the expectations of mass viewers is prohibitive. The existence of so many public-TV outlets offers great potential for public affairs programming and community involvement, and a counterbalance to the news on commercial stations that often focuses on crime and fluff. But too often precious airtime and local resources are burned up in broadcasting carbon-copy national programs, critics say.”