Recovering a Public Vision for Public Television (Critical Media Studies: Institutions, Politics, and Culture)

Recovering a Public Vision for Public Television (Critical Media Studies: Institutions, Politics, and Culture)

By: Glenda R. Balas (author)Paperback

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In 1995 public television faced possible elimination of federal funding, potentially commercializing this unique type of broadcasting. Recovering a Public Vision for Public Television suggests that these recent strains are the same political blows that have historically undermined public broadcasting; the result is programming that no longer prioritizes social reform and popular community. This book investigates three important moments in the development of public media in the United States: the Wagner-Hatfield Amendment of 1934, the FCC hearings for educational frequencies in 1950-51, and the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967. Glenda Balas not only examines these critical events in detail, but also explores how they restrict public broadcasting's institutional vision. The book's six-point plan proposes a reconstitution and rejuvenation of public broadcasting's mission so it can advance into the twenty-first century as a leader in public speech.

About Author

Glenda R. Balas is assistant professor of communication and journalism at the University of New Mexico.


Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Glide Path to Extinction: Consequences of a Failed Public Mission Chapter 3 A Stewardship of Compromise: Public Television and the Radio Spectrum Chapter 4 Domestications of the Hearth: The Battle for Educational Frequencies in 1950-51 Chapter 5 Community and Performance: Getting the Whole Town Talking Chapter 6 The Re-Forming of Public Broadcasting: A Reconstitution of Public Practices

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780742523876
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 168
  • ID: 9780742523876
  • weight: 254
  • ISBN10: 074252387X

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