PBS, known as the American television outlet for many British programs produced by the BBC and others, is looking to turn the tables by starting a digital channel in Britain.
The channel, which would be distributed via cable and satellite, would show both older and current PBS programs for which it is able to secure the rights. PBS officials declined to discuss specific shows, or the details of where the channel would be available, saying that plans were not final.
“We’re talking to a lot of people,” Paula A. Kerger, PBS’s president and chief executive, said in an interview. Richard Kingsbury, the former head of the Good Food and Yesterday channels owned by Britain’s UKTV, started in July as the general manager of what is being called PBS UK.
The initiative, which partly is meant to make money for PBS, is being led by PBSd, which sells PBS programming to home video, foreign and commercial markets. PBSd is a joint venture of PBS and WGBH, the Boston public broadcaster that produces PBS programs including “Nova” and “Frontline.”