April 18, 1992 |
"The Buried Mirror: Reflections on Spain and the New World" seems like a perfect program for public television. So why is it on cable instead? The Discovery Channel, which considers itself a competitor with PBS for nonfiction programming, landed first-run U.S. rights with a superior offer, according to both Discovery and the Smithsonian Institution, which developed the program to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Columbus' voyage to the Americas. "We just put a better offer on the table.