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McKenzie told NBC News the station would have taken away parents' ability to choose what their children watch.
“The vast majority of parents will not have heard about the content, whether they agree with it or not,” he said. “Because of this, we felt it would be a violation of trust to broadcast the episode.”
APT was among many PBS member stations that didn’t air a 2005 episode of the “Arthur” spin off “Postcards From Buster.” In the episode, titled “Sugartime!” the character Buster visits Hinesburg, Vermont, to learn about the production of maple sugar. He meets children who live with their mother and stepmother. The couple are referred to as partners in the episode.
WGBH, a member station that produces "Arthur" and "Postcards from Buster," aired the episode and offered it to other stations, some of which chose to air it.