The New York Philharmonic's historic and controversial performance in North Korea on Tuesday night was seen by far more than the approximately 2,000 people in attendance.
The concert was broadcast live internationally by Korean Central Television, and a tape-delayed version was scheduled to air Tuesday night in the New York area on public TV channel Thirteen/WNET. Many other PBS affiliate stations across the county will broadcast it Thursday night.
Los Angeles viewers who rely on public TV station KCET, however, will have to wait until May.
According to a KCET executive, logistical problems simply precluded its being shown any earlier.
"Unfortunately, we didn't have any information until mid-February for this end-of-February broadcast, and our schedule was long set," Mary Mazur, KCET executive vice president of programming and production, said Tuesday.
"We don't have a big advertising budget," Mazur said. "That's one of the dilemmas I'm in. You have this fabulous show and you know it will not get the attention it deserves because you don't have the capacity to tell anyone to watch it.