Public TV: NETwork at Last

For 14 years, the industry joke goes, National Educational Television has been little more than a pony-express system, delivering its programs by stages. Beginning next week, NET will leave the horseback era and become almost a network, broadcasting programs simultaneously across the nation for two hours, five nights a week.

In the past, taped NET programs were airmailed from a duplication and distribution center in Ann Arbor, Mich., to the first group of the 148 public-TV stations on the list. After the first channels had aired the show, they would mail it...

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