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Friday, June 24, 2005

PBS Not Dead Yet

Looks like Elmo won't be getting his walking papers anytime soon.

After a flurry of protest from supporters of public television and radio, the House voted Thursday to restore $100 million in programming money to next year's Corporation for Public Broadcasting budget.

However, $105 million in other funding, including $23 million for children's programming and educational outreach, was eliminated. That fight continues into the Senate, which has traditionally been a strong backer of PBS and NPR.

1 other geekspeak:

  • Can't PBS survive through stronger underwriting initiatives, and perhaps the development of programming that is not considered "boring"?

    I'm not saying that PBS needs to become commercialized, but the truth is that PBS stations have never been truly "public". There is a lot of gatekeeping that prevents producers from making creative, compelling shows.

    Can a "hit show" be a bad thing for PBS? Sesame Street, that 1700s show and Ken Burns documentaries have brought buzz to the PBS brand, but nothing to the extent than a show on HBO or FX. And PBS has a significantly greater distribution platform than any cable network (although individual PBS stations pick and choose what to broadcast).

    PBS can survive with less government funds if it can create a new audience, and show how special the concept of "Public Broadcasting" can be.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:48 PM  

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