Television: Recasting the Public System

New Carnegie report asks more money, increased independence

Twelve years ago, a Carnegie Commission report became the basis for the public broadcasting system in the U.S.

By many standards the Carnegie model was an astonishing success. The number of TV stations grew from 126 to 280; more than 40% of all families in the U.S. now watch public TV at least once a week. In other respects, the Carnegie report paved the way to failure, and the organization Congress set up has become a bureaucratic maze and a frustration to everyone who enters it.

Last week a second Carnegie Commission issued another report to...

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