PBS: 'Finding Your Roots' Affleck Episode Violated Standards

BEN AFFLECK Finding Your Roots
Posted at 9:30 AM, Jun 25, 2015
and last updated 2015-06-25 09:30:00-04

NEW YORK (AP) — PBS says an episode of "Finding Your Roots" that omitted references to Ben Affleck's ancestor as a slave owner violated public TV standards.

In a statement Wednesday, PBS said it's postponing the show's third season and delaying a commitment to a fourth year until it's satisfied with improvement in the show's editorial standards.

The public TV service launched an investigation after it was reported that Affleck requested the 2014 episode not reveal his ancestor was a slaveholder.

The review found that co-producers violated PBS standards by allowing improper influence on the show's editorial process and failed to inform PBS or producing station WNET of Affleck's effort to affect the program's content

In a statement, Gates apologized for forcing PBS to defend the integrity of its programming.