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PBS probes slave-owning issue; Affleck expresses regret

NEW YORK (AP) — PBS is conducting an internal review following revelations that producers of “Finding Your Roots” may have violated the network’s editorial standards after a request by Ben Affleck that the program not reveal he had a slave-owning ancestor.

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Email: Affleck asked PBS to not reveal slave-owning ancestor

File-This March 8, 2011, file photo shows actor Ben Affleck testifying  before the House Foreign Affairs, Africa, Global Health, and Human Rights Subcommittee hearing in Washington.  Affleck requested that the PBS documentary series "Finding Your Roots" not reveal he had a slave-owning ancestor, according to emails published online by whistleblower site WikiLeaks, and the information never appeared on the program. PBS and the host of the show, Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, say they didn’t censor the slave owner details. Instead, more interesting ancestors of the actor emerged and Gates chose to highlight them in the October segment, they said in separate statements posted on the PBS website. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

BOSTON (AP) — Ben Affleck requested that the PBS documentary series “Finding Your Roots” not reveal he had a slave-owning ancestor, according to emails published online by whistleblower site WikiLeaks, and the information never appeared on the program.

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