Show Business: Static for Public TV

For more than six months public broadcasting has been embattled by an attempt by the Nixon Administration to gain veto power over all programs. The Administration's instrument has been the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, an independent Government board that used to be little more than a conduit for the limited federal funds devoted to public TV. But after Nixon appointees gained a majority on the board last fall, the CPB suddenly took on a new purpose. It not only withheld funds for many public-affairs programs but also demanded the power to kill privately financed programs that would be transmitted on Government-financed...

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