200,000 sign Sesame Street petition

Some 200,000 people have signed a virtual petition calling for toddlers’ tv programme Sesame Street (Sesamstraat) to be moved back to 6.30pm.

The show is currently broadcast at 5.30pm following parent protests about an even earlier broadcast time of 5pm.
The show went out at 6.30pm until 1991 when it had 500,000 viewers. Now Sesame Street attracts 50,000, Nos tv says.
Parents say the new time means many parents and children cannot watch the show because they are not yet home from work and daycare. The campaign for the later broadcast time is led by actor Aart Staartjes who has appeared in the show since 1984.
But Gerard Timmer, director of public tv broadcasting, says he has no intention of moving the show again. ‘Most people have no problem with the current time slot,’ he said.

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