The Public Interest

Carnegie, Ford, and Public Television

Stephen White

Fall 1967

Before the end of 1968, the 90th Congress will in all probability have brought into being a noncommercial television service intended for the general public. The necessary legislation is expected to pass in two stages, with the structure of a Corporation for Public Broadcasting being established during the first session and long-term financing during the second. The United States will thus be in a position to enjoy, after nearly half a century of broadcasting, what most countries have had since the very beginning: a broadly conceived, well-endowed television service which is not financed by the sale of advertising.

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