Television: A People's Dividend

In one of the most princely benefactions in all history, the Ford Foundation has given U.S. educational television more than $100 million since 1952, is still pouring more than $10 million annually into ETV. Yet to what even the foundation concedes is a "depressing" degree, this philanthropy has been good money after bad. Most of the nation's 115 educational stations barely scrape along. The average channel puts less money into a whole year of programming than ABC budgets for Batman every week. What is more, the so-called educational TV network is not...

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