Tuning out education, Chapter 3

Posted: February 11, 1983

Rival lobbies fought for regulators’ nod “If you educators do not hold radio for yourselves,” Judge Ira Robinson told educational broadcasters in June 1930, “it is going to be so fortified by commercial interests that you will never get it.”[41] … Continue reading

Tuning out education, Chapter 2

Posted: January 28, 1983

Education had no ‘inalienable right to part of the air,’ said the spokesman for broadcaster-educator Cooperation in 1930. It would have to prove itself in the marketplace. The struggle had only begun… Continue reading

Tuning out education

Posted: January 14, 1983

How did advertising-driven broadcasting establish itself as the dominant user of the airwaves in America? A crucial episode occurred in the 1930s when commercial broadcasters argued successfully that they would put education on the air, and educators should stick to … Continue reading

Temporary Commission on Alternative Financing, 1983

Posted: January 1, 1983

The Temporary Commission on Alternative Financing for Public Telecommunications (TCAF) delivered its recommendations to Congress on Oct. 1, 1983, after extensive research, including an Advertising Demonstration Program at a number of public TV stations. Letter of transmittal | Membership of … Continue reading

CPB budget allocation formula,1981

Posted: August 3, 1981

Congress  limited CPB’s  discretion in spending the federal appropriation. The corporation’s authorizing law imposes a budget allocation formula that divides the appropriation as indicated in the chart. Dividing CPB funds between TV and radio had been a repeated struggle until … Continue reading

A Public Trust, Carnegie II’s report, 1979

Posted: April 3, 1979

Preface to A Public Trust In 1977, 10 years after the original Carnegie Commission recomended federal aid to public television, the Carnegie Corporation of New York created a second blue-ribbon panel to ponder policies on noncommercial broadcasting. See also Carnegie … Continue reading