Stewards for the media future

Posted: October 18, 2010

What public broadcasting can do to plan for its own future and for federal policies that serve the public interest In the first part of this commentary in Current Oct. 4 [2010], Wick Rowland, an early PBS planner and now … Continue reading

Adrift, mute and helpless

Posted: October 4, 2010

Why everyone but public broadcasters is making federal policy for public media The FCC’s recent National Broadband Plan and its Future of the Media initiative have highlighted a chronic problem in U.S public broadcasting: The system has no long-term policy … Continue reading

CPB budget allocation formula, 1981

Posted: August 27, 2010

In 1981, Congress significantly restricted the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s decision-making on spending, funneling fixed percentages of CPB’s federal appropriation to specific spending categories and types of grantees. Before then, CPB had faced repeated struggles, including a rift between TV … Continue reading

Public Broadcasting Act of 1967

Posted: July 17, 2010

Public Law 90-129, 90th Congress, November 7, 1967 (as amended to April 26, 1968) This law was enacted less than 10 months after the report of the Carnegie Commission on Educational Broadcasting. The act initiates federal aid to the operation … Continue reading