Public Broadcasting Act of 1967 - 50th Anniversary To mark the 50th anniversary of the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967, the Library of Congress and WGBH host a series of discussions to reflect on the bill, the creation of PBS & NPR, and the state of public media today.

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    Public Broadcasting Act of 1967 50th Anniversary

    Former FCC commissioners and one of the co-founders of NPR discussed the origins of public broadcasting at this event held to mark the 50th anniversary of the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967. President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the legislation, which led to the creation of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, PBS, and NPR.

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    Educational Uses of Public Broadcasting

    A panel marked the 50th anniversary of the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967 by discussing the educational uses of public broadcasting, including thoughts on the origins of Sesame Street and NOVA. They also explored how these programs can be viewed as historical artifacts of cultural and educational changes in the United States.

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    News and Public Affairs

    Public media figures, including former PBS NewsHour anchor Jim Lehrer and talk show host Dick Cavett, gathered to discuss the history of news and public affairs programming. The Public Broadcasting Act of 1967 marked its 50th anniversary in 2017.

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    Origins of PBS Documentaries

    To mark the 50th anniversary of the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967, the Library of Congress and WGBH-TV co-hosted a panel discussion on PBS documentary programming. Participants included Clayborne Carson, who was senior adviser to the “Eyes on the Prize” civil rights series, David Fanning, founder and executive producer of “Frontline,” and Margaret Drain, former executive producer of “American Experience.”