WASHINGTON — E. William Henry, who was Federal Communications Commission chairman under President Lyndon Johnson, has been named to head a panel to review standards used to decide which TV programs the Public Broadcasting Service distributes.
Among those named to the panel is William H. Kobin, president of KCET Channel 28 in Los Angeles.
The 11-member committee will review PBS program policies and procedures to determine whether they reflect "accepted journalistic standards" and allow access to the public television schedule to "programs that reflect the great diversity of human thought, expression and experience."
The panel was asked to recommend any policy changes it thought were needed to better enable PBS to achieve those goals.
PBS and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which provides some of the money that allows public TV stations to operate, have been criticized recently by some who think the programs do not reflect all sides of the issues they cover.