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Examining the Future of Public Broadcasting

Is public broadcasting still relevant in the ever-expanding media landscape? We will take a look at the role of today’s public radio and television and the way its heading in the future

Examining the Future of Public Broadcasting

Tom Fudge: Thurs., Nov. 7 marks an anniversary for public broadcasting. On that date in 1967, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Public Broadcasting Act , which created the Corporation for Public Broadcasting . So, public TV and radio have existed in their current form for 40 years.

But in those 40 years, the world of media has changed dramatically. All you have to say is "Internet" to make it clear how dramatically. Newspapers are losing their subscription numbers and commercial television has stolen a good part of public TV's audience for arts and public affairs programming. Public radio has grown tremendously.


But what does the future hold? And what's the "public" in public broadcasting.


  • Brooke Gladstone, host and managing editor of On the Media (broadcast on KPBS Radio Sundays at 5 p.m.).
  • Dean Nelson , director of the journalism program at Point Loma Nazarene University, and he's reccently written an article in the October issue of San Diego Magazine on the power struggle at San Diego City Hall.