Public Broadcasting Act 50th Anniversary | November 7, 2017
Join us in commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the signing of the Public Broadcasting Act!
In 1967, the Public Broadcasting Act, signed by President Lyndon Johnson, established the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). Fifty years ago, television was a relatively new technology, entering many homes for the first time. Johnson’s vision afforded stations the ability to harness the power of the airwaves and distribute noncommercial programming to serve the public interest.
CPB serves as the linchpin of a unique public-private partnership that today sustains nearly 1,500 local public television and radio stations across the country.
Today’s public media offers a rare space for award-winning content from trusted children’s programming to in-depth public affairs, science, history, performing arts, and culture. Fifty years of public broadcasting is something we can take pride in, and it would not be possible without the public’s support.
Local stations like Vegas PBS work with producers, listeners, viewers, underwriters, and community partners to sustain public media content and services. This helps make public media truly public, focused on serving the public interest.