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PBS
Why PBS?
It's actually the best choice.

Who's who in the PBS system.
Think of it as a cast listing.

Science-Fiction on PBS.
Science-Fiction has aired in abundance on PBS. Take a look.

PBS: The Movie.
And you thought Titanic was good.

Facts to
Consider.

Don't think it can be done? Take a look here at the past.

Proof that Hollywood isn't that important.
Divided by each State, except for California.

PBS Drinking Game.
If you don't laugh, you don't watch Pledge Drives.

Why "First TV Drama"?
Exploring the website's name.







Who's Who in the PBS System.


LBJ signing the act

It officially begun on Nov. 7, 1967, when President Lyndon Johnson signed the Public Broadcasting Act, ushering in the modern era of federally funded public television and radio. The legislation was born of a seemingly indestructible optimism: LBJ promised that taxpayer funds would help eradicate regional discrepancies in education, expand the nation's cultural heritage and even help us understand foreign nations.

But as with anything that expands beyond 30 years, new Players come into the game, making it all like a complex Chess Game (or a jumbled mess).


PBS

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Public Broadcasting Service, a television entity create to compensate for the lack of quality and education on Commercial Networks and stations, to counter the programming put out by Hollywood.


PBS Online

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"PBS Online" is the official name to the PBS Network's website.

Their website is HERE.


CPB - Corporation for Public Broadcasting

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A Government created entity funded by U.S. taxpayers to fund Public Television. CPB was actually created first prior to PBS. But due to some objections politicans had over their placing all their programs they fund on TV, CPB created PBS to equalize the system by taking both some of the decisions and therefore some of the blame for their programming content away from CPB. In other words, CPB funds the programs, and PBS decides what to air. CPB and PBS are two separate entities, which is why you see them both listed separately in sponsor credits when appropriate.

Their website is HERE.


NPR - National Public Radio

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NPR is the Radio equivelant of PBS, doing for Radio what PBS does for TV. If you visit your local PBS station's website, chances are good it also has a link to NPR somewhere near its link to PBS Online.

Their website is HERE.


APTS - Association of America's Public Television Stations

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The Association of America's Public Television Stations is a nonprofit membership organization established in 1980. Its members are the nation's public television stations. APTS' mission is to support the continued growth and development of a strong and financially sound noncommercial television service for the American public.

Their website is HERE.


APTVS - American Public Television

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"American Public Television" is a private, independant company that distributes programs directly to public television stations, not through PBS. Began in 1961 as EEN (Eastern Educational Television Network), APTVS has since expaned to national distribution. APTVS is in direct competition with PBS in placing programs on PBS stations.

Their website is HERE.


CIPB - Citizens for Independent Public Broadcasting

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"Citizens for Independent Public Broadcasting" is a national membership organization dedicated to putting the PUBLIC back into public broadcasting so that "we can all join in the debate about our nation's future". Their battle cries include the commercialism of PBS with commercial like sponsors that they're trying to stop.

Their website is HERE.


ITVS - Independent Television Service

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ITVS distributes a variety of independently produced programs on PBS, many dealing with children and minorities. ITVS will not do continuing series, only "one-shot" films.

Their website is HERE.


PRI - Public Radio International

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PRI distributes programs on Public Radio Stations. I think.

Their website is HERE.


Annenberg / CPB

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"Annenberg/CPB" is an entity created to improve education among K-12 through video and satelite. The "Annenberg" part of the name comes from Walter H. Annenberg, a publisher, philanthropist, and former ambassador to Great Britain. The "CPB" part comes from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. They exist as an ongoing partnership between the Annenberg Foundation and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Their Washington office is within the CPB building.

Their website is HERE.


Pat Mitchell

Pat Mitchell

The new and current President of PBS. An Emmy winning Producer and former Miss America, Pat previously worked at Time Warner, involved with CNN and TBS productions. Described as a "documentary leader", she was also a producer/reporter for ABC's Home Show, and an art correspondant on CBS Sunday Morning. What the hell's an art correspondant? How often did the news do stories concerning art and needed an emergency expert in the field for live remotes? "Yes, Jim, we're here live with the Mona Lisa. I don't know if you can hear me alright. The Iraqi choppers are flying over head. I can see the scud missiles launching from the window by the Monet right now."


Irvin S. Duggan

Irvin Duggan

The last President of PBS, prior to Pat Mitchell. In an effort to force more stations to take PBS Network (primetime) programs, he once announced to the affiliates his intentions of charging stations a fee (fine) for each PBS Network program they did not air. The immediate threatening complaints of the stations put a stop to that within a day.


Lawrence K. Grossman

Lawrence Grossman

A former President of PBS, and a former President of NBC News, though I don't know how far back. He once proposed PBS TV stations be allowed to air commercials in prime-time on Friday and Saturday nights to raise funds. The FCC thought otherwise.


Jerry Starr

Jerry Starr

Jerry Starr is the Executive Director of CIPB, the organization trying to create a self-funding system for PBS, without the sponsors and commercialism. No information on if he is related to Prosecutor Ken Starr or ex-Beatles Ringo Starr.


Robert Coonrod

Robert Coonrod

Robert Coonrod is the President of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB).


Jim Lehrer

Jim Lehrer

Jim Lehrer is the man who does the NewsHour. Formerly called "MacNeil/Lehrer News Hour", the name was changed to "Jim Lehrer News Hour" when that McNeil guy was abducted by aliens.


Ken Burns

Ken Burns

Independent Producer who gave us the successful PBS documentaries on Baseball and the Civil War. He actually had a cameo appearance in the movie "Gettysburg" as a soldier. He also produced the documentary "Jazz". Due to the incredible success of "Civil War", when PBS announced they were repeating it, the major Networks got scared and counter-programmed it with more Hollywood blockbuster movies than usual, because PBS is the largest network and could cause considerable damage to ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX if they ever bothered to try to put an actual successful program on regularly.


Mister Rogers

Mister Rogers

A kindly old man with a compulsive disorder, Mister Rogers has uncontrollable urges to change his sweater and shoes every time he enters and leaves his house. After a long and successful career of teaching children how to sit around at home and use their imagination, in the year 2000 Fred Rogers announced that he will be retiring so he can sit around at home and use his imagination.


Bert
Bert
Bert has caused a lavaflow of websites devoted to his fictional bad deeds. Called "Bert is Evil", the original site had to be dropped when every new Server couldn't handle the tremendous number of hits, but numerous people have mirrored it (copied its content) onto other sites, still keeping the tradition alive. Bert has been connected to Hitler, the Kennedy assassination, the O.J. murders, and even young Jon Benet Ramsey.
Bert and the Klan Bert and Hitler Bert and Jon Benet

Current

Current

"Current" is a bi-weekly magazine that covers all the news concerning Public Television and Radio, coming out 23 times a year, every other week.

There website is HERE.


CBC - Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

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Canada's Public Television. Created by an Act of Parliament in 1936, the CBC is a publicly funded broadcasting service which, according to the company profile, "exists for the benefit of all Canadians, recognizing their diversity of expectations, values, interests, and needs, eh?" Part of the CBC's mandate is "to contribute to the development of a shared national consciousness and identity, eh?" primarily through Canadian programming.

There website is HERE.


BBC - British Broadcasting Corporation

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Britain's Public Television. In England, you have to pay a fee to watch TV. That's how BBC gets funded. If it's a Mystery or a Drama, chances are it will end up on PBS. Don't you find it odd that British Public Broadcasting can produce comedies, soap operas, dramas, science-fiction, and everything else, but American Public Broadcasting can't produce anything beyond children's shows?

There website is HERE.


BBC-America

BBC America

"BBC-America" is an American cable channel owned by BBC and airing BBC programming, many of which had aired on PBS in the past, including Doctor Who, and now Red Dwarf. With the emergence of BBC-America, BBC now has a new outlet to air their programming here in America other than PBS - they now have their own Network. This means PBS has to get off their ass and start catching up with the BBC and start producing their own programs real soon, because as BBC-America grows, eventually all BBC programs will go directly there, leaving PBS left alone.

The Fox Network is doing this already, redirecting many of their old shows to the FX Network and Fox Family (formerly The Family Channel), preventing USA, TNT, TNN, Sci-Fi Channel, Lifetime and syndication from getting them. This is why David Duchovny from The X-Files sued Fox, because it prevented the show from getting a bigger pricetag by not shoppping it around (they sold it to themselves for cheap), and therefore cost Duchovny a larger percentage of what he would have gotten from the sales as part of his contract.

Their website is HERE.





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