As you are probably aware, President Bush has proposed reducing public broadcasting funding by 56%. The New York Times asked in a recent article (Is PBS Still Necessary?, By Charles Mcgrath, New York Times, February 17, 2008) and there is now a debate about the value of Public Broadcasting in the age of cable and the Web (see for example: “Is PBS Necessary?” The Debate Moves Online, PBS Engage Blog). We have even had a few comments on this here on FGI (Is PBS passé?, by Susanna Leers, and comments).
Now Ken Burns, the documentary filmmaker whose projects include “The War,” “The Civil War,” “Jazz” and “Baseball” (about which he says, “none of the films I have made in the last nearly 30 years could have been produced anywhere but at PBS”) weighs in with an Op-Ed:
- Standing up for public television, By Ken Burns Los Angeles Times, March 6, 2008. “PBS offers an invaluable service that none of the other channels can deliver.”
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