Press: Should the Dial Be Turned Off?

A new magazine raises questions about nonprofit status

First copies of the Dial, a slick new monthly about television, were winning rave reviews from charter subscribers this month. Billed as a program guide to public television, the Dial also features articles by first-class writers: Wilfrid Sheed on sports, Auberon Waugh on Alec Guinness, Stanley Kauffmann on acting. But the magazine was unexpectedly panned by the House of Representatives, then by the U.S. Postal Service. Reason: the Dial— which will be sent to 650,000 PBS-TV supporters in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.,...

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