February 28, 1992 |
As criticism of public television and radio from the conservative right becomes increasingly vocal in this election year, officials in public broadcasting say they are bracing for attacks on the order of those that have been volleyed at the National Endowment for the Arts for the past several years. "I'm prepared for it," said John Lawson, director of national affairs for America's Public Television Stations, public broadcasting's lobbying arm.
February 5, 1995
We thank Sen. Larry Pressler for revealing the real reason behind the efforts of some politicians to scuttle federal support for public broadcasting. Forget all the high-minded rhetoric about privatization and deficit reduction. What is really going on is something like a witch hunt against public broadcasting employees considered too liberal.
May 6, 2005 |
Republican hacks are slowly strangling National Public Radio and the Public Broadcasting System. And the liberals who are complaining about it have nobody to blame but themselves. Well, OK, maybe not "nobody." Surely some of the blame lies with the Republican hacks. Let's begin with them, and get to the liberals later. The chief hack in question is Kenneth Tomlinson, the Republican-appointed head of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which controls NPR and PBS.
April 2, 2004 |
On the heels of heated meetings recently with independent producers and public broadcasters in New York and San Francisco, Corporation for Public Broadcasting executives were expecting more fireworks when they brought their roadshow to Los Angeles on Wednesday afternoon. Instead, all but a handful of the 125 or so independent filmmakers and producers in attendance were there primarily to learn more about the corporation's $20-million initiative, "America at a Crossroads."
December 22, 2006 |
President Bush quietly appointed television sitcom producer Warren Bell to the board of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting this week, overriding opposition from public broadcasting advocates who fear the outspoken conservative will politicize the post.
February 11, 2006 |
The executive who oversaw the Corporation for Public Broadcasting's $70-million television programming fund has left after three years to return to filmmaking. Michael Pack, the corporation's senior vice president for television programming, said he decided to exercise an option in his contract that allowed him to collect a $500,000 grant for a documentary called "Winning Modern Wars" that his production company was awarded before he took the job at CPB in February 2003.
April 23, 1992 |
The loss of a significant miniseries about Latino culture to cable after PBS declined to pick it up has drawn fire from a public broadcasting official charged with getting more Latino programming on the air.
June 6, 1991 |
In 1936, more than 20,000 people crowded around a gallows in Owensboro, Ky., to watch one of the last public executions in the United States. Leaning out windows and perched atop utility poles, they saw a condemned man dangle from a hangman's noose until dead. Since then, executions have been moved behind prison walls, viewed only by select officials, citizen witnesses and the press.
June 14, 2006 |
The House Appropriations Committee voted Tuesday to restore $20 million of proposed cuts in federal funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which provides money to local public television and radio stations. The Bush administration originally proposed to cut about 37% of the federal funding for public broadcasting, and a subcommittee last week proposed a cut of $115 million, or 23%. A net cut of $95 million, if passed by the House and the Senate, would go into effect Oct. 1.
May 3, 1995 |
The Corporation for Public Broadcasting, under orders by Congress to come up with a plan to become independent of federal funding for public TV and radio, submitted its report for cost savings and alternative revenue options on Tuesday but flatly concluded that these "could not compensate for a complete loss of the federal appropriation." "Continued public support is essential," said the corporation's 12-page report, entitled "Common Sense for the Future."