The Future of Public Broadcasting (Rebroadcast)

The Future of Public Broadcasting (Rebroadcast)

The future of public broadcasting: Consumers have thousands of options for information and entertainment and Congress is threatening to cut government funding. The challenges and opportunities facing public radio and television.

When President Lyndon Johnson signed the Public Broadcasting Act into law in 1967, he said its purpose was ‘to enrich man’s spirit.’ The Act established the Corporation for Public Broadcasting - and provided funds for educational television and radio. More than four decades later, public broadcasting networks like NPR and PBS have influenced the lives of millions of Americans. But in today's saturated media marketplace, some critics say public broadcasting has outlived both its mandate and the justification for continued public funding. Diane and her guests discuss the future of public broadcasting.

Guests

Vivian Schiller

President and CEO of NPR

Patricia Harrison

President and CEO of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB)

Paula Kerger

President and CEO of the Public Broadcasting System (PBS)

Kevin Brady

U. S. House of Representatives (R-TX)

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