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Published: 02/14/11

A Fan's Case for Ending Federal Support to Public Radio and Public TV

By  Jill Lawrence - Politics Daily
A Fan's Case for Ending Federal Support to Public Radio and Public TV

At $430 million, public broadcasting is a tiny part of the $3.8 trillion federal budget. Still, it's time to end its role as a political football and a symbol of what government shouldn't be doing. It's time to find another way to help public broadcasting thrive. I say that as a huge fan. No one could love PBS and NPR more than I do. I'm a monthly contributor to local stations in my area and just last weekend I bought NPR's map pinpointing affiliated stations all over the country. My husband and I have "driveway moments" all the time, unable to leave the car until a story ends. One of them ea...

Published: 03/23/10

Can the BBC Survive? Broadcaster Alters Its Voice in the Digital Age

By  Delia Lloyd - Politics Daily
Can the BBC Survive? Broadcaster Alters Its Voice in the Digital Age

As America recovers from its agonizing scrimmage over health care, the United Kingdom is embroiled in its own version of a national identity crisis: Where does Britain's publicly financed, bellwether broadcaster -- the BBC -- fit in a competitive, digital age? Most Americans have at least a passing familiarity with the British Broadcasting Corp. They've heard those erudite-sounding British voices offering news from far away places like Sri Lanka on National Public Radio. Or they've watched some of the BBC's most popular television exports, including such comedies as "The Office" or the docume...

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