Each month, public broadcasting stations in the U.S. engage over half of the nation’s population. Approximately 170 million people connect with around 368 public television stations on a regular basis for a wide variety of programming.
The unique public television system is comprised of a collaboration of local non-commercial stations that meet certain designated standards which the Corporation for Public Broadcasting supports. As such, public broadcasting is designed to reflect the values of its viewers rather than advertisers.I found some more information here.
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In the recent presidential election, a great deal of heated rhetoric came to the foreground when Mitt Romney, the Republican Party’s candidate said if he were elected president, he would cut funding for Public Television. Parties from both sides of the political spectrum either strongly supported Romney for proposing to eliminate wasteful government spending, or criticized him for wanting to eliminate some of the best educational programs on television. Does PBS funding constitute a major wasteful government expenditure, or do we need it provide the best educational programs on television?
In 2012 the Federal Budget allocated 445 million dollars to fund PBS. Supporters said quite correctly that 445 million dollars is a mere drop in the bucket when compared to the rest of the Federal Budget. Detractors appropriately responded that 445 million dollars is a significant amount of money, adding that they felt the expenditure was an unnecessary expense. Going to online blogs was not more helpful, as opinions there are equally polarizing. People with a liberal bent asserted that PBS was a tool of the corporations, because of all of the corporate sponsors, they were influenced PBS to produce shows with a distinctive conservative slant. People with a conservative bent saw PBS as an extension of the liberal media, by presenting programs with a liberal bias disguised as educational material. Because Romney’s statements were generally supported by his party, and disputed by the Democrats, it would appear that the balance of the opposition to PBS tips to the Republican side. That implies that the converse is also true. What is most unbelievable was that both sides of the political aisle have some scathing criticisms of PBS.
What is needed, and what is obviously lacking, is a little objectivity. Does PBS offer some of the best educational programs on television? Unquestionably they do! Do privately funded programs offer shows with comparable educational value? Of course! Does either venue offer anything like a complete education? Not hardly! Where does the responsibility for a child’s education lie? Do we need PBS? What are our alternatives? Maybe there should be more responsibility on a television provider to maintain a certain level of educational programming at an affordable price. Some companies, like Direct TV offers packages with quite a bit of educational programming that you typically may not get.
There are few programs offered on public television that do not, in some way, offer a chance to learn. Specifically, the childrens’ programming on public television has always been educational in nature. There is no better example of this than the childhood staple, Sesame Street.
Set on a fictious street in New York, Sesame Street has managed to entertain, and instruct, millions of children over the years. Each segment of the show has a didactic purpose, and each show has both a theme letter and theme number.
When discussing the best of Public Television Programming, one show immediately comes to everyone’s mind, that is Sesame Street. From the colorful puppets to the kids and grown ups that all work together, this show teaches kids skills for life. Sesame Street, which began in 1969, has been entertaining and educating children for over 40 years.
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Few people recognize the true value that public television brings to the community. Among national organizations, PBS has been shown as the most trusted institution among Americans. This speaks volumes about the importance of learning to appreciate the arts of public television and the value it provides to the community.
It’s considered a fact that our character and belief systems are influenced by what we allow to enter into our minds. Statistics show that children will witness more than 12,000 deaths by the time they are 13. Public television has committed itself Read the rest of this entry »
The idea that Government funding to public television networks may be reduced or completely eliminated is tough to swallow and just downright disheartening. If all the political chatter and heated arguments about money going to public television would be put aside the importance of public television programming would be recognized. There are positive and entertaining programs that benefit a community of viewers from the young to the old and have done so for over 40 years. Losing this programming is in fact the real disappointment.Never heard of this Read the rest of this entry »
Advertising on television is being challenged by the hugely popular success of the Internet. Advertising through the Internet provides so many different opportunities. There are social media circles, Internet banners, email advertising and affiliate programs. It has to be one of the biggest avenues for marketing. This is why people will wonder if they should put any advertising dollars into public television stations. The answer to the question is yes. The Internet is a popular place, but people Read the rest of this entry »