The Press: A Blow to Public TV

One reason for the improving quality of noncommercial television is the three-year-old Public Broadcasting Service, which sponsors programs that its 233 local stations could not produce on their own for lack of funds. Now this arrangement seems headed for oblivion. Relations between PBS and its congressionally established parent, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, have been steadily sinking under the weight of Nixon appointees to the corporation's board. Last week, in yet another Administration-inspired move to reduce the independence of journalists, the corporation directors unanimously decided to assume authority for financing and distributing...

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