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The origins and evolution of the major insititutions in the United States for noncommercial radio and television are explored in this unique volume. Ralph Engelman examines the politics behind the development of National Public Radio, Radio Pacifica and the Public Broadcasting Service. He traces the changing social forces that converged to launch and shape these institutions from the Second World War to the present day. The book challenges several commonly held beliefs - including that the mass media is simply a manipulative tool - and concludes that public broadcasting has an enormous potential as an emancipatory vehicle.

Public Access: The Vision of George Stoney
Public access: The vision of george stoney

The stations represented by PBS, the outgrowth of Ford Foundation support and the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967, do not represent the sole form of public television in the United States. Public access programming on cable television emerged as a new form of journalism and of noncommercial television in North America in the late 1960s and early 1970s. At issue during this period was the reservation of cable TV channels for noncommercial use, comparable to the struggle for the reservation of a portion of the AM radio spectrum in the 1930s and of the broadcast television spectrum in the 1950s. These channels, conceived as free of charge and available on a nondiscriminatory ...

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