Public Broadcasting Act of 1967 Fact Sheet

Title Public Broadcasting Act of 1967 Fact Sheet

Creator Legislative Branch, U.S. Government

Date February 15, 1967

Source Fact Sheet, “The Public Broadcasting Act of 1967, H.R. 6736,” 2/14/67, EX ED 5, WHCF, Box 24, LBJ Library.

Transcription FACT SHEET

[handwritten] 2/14/67


The Public Broadcasting Act of 1967 would expand the program of support for educational television broadcasting equipment; would create a nonprofit Corporation for Public Broadcasting; and would authorize a comprehensive study of instructional television. Total cost in FY 1968: $20 million.

Title I – Equipment for Public Broadcasting Facilities

• Extends for 3 years the 1962 Educational Television Facilities Act which authorized $32 million for five years for the acquisition and installation of equipment for noncommercial educational television broadcasting

• Adds a new category: noncommercial radio broadcasting facilities

• Limits each State to 8½% of total annual appropriation

• Raises maximum Federal grant to 75% of broadcast equipment cost

• Authorizes $10.5 million for FY 1968, $12.5 million for FY 1969, $15 million for FY 1970

Title II – Corporation for Public Broadcasting

• Creates a nonprofit Federally-chartered Corporation to improve the quality of noncommerical radio and television programs

• Authorizes grants by Corporation to local noncommercial stations, to program production groups and to educational networks for the simultaneous broadcasting of programs

• Authorizes 15-member Board of Directors, serving 6-year staggered term, appointed by the President with the advice and consent of the Senate

• Provides safeguards against Federal control of programming:
—Independent private nonprofit Corporation created to support above activities
—Eminent Board of Directors of Corporation, not employees of U.S. Government
—Prohibition against corporation owning or operating any station, system, network, or production facilities
—Full freedom by local stations to accept or reject programs

• Provides safeguards against political interference:
—Not more than 8 members of the Board of the Corporation from any one political party
—Prohibition against Corporation engaging in any form of partisan political activity
—No political tests for employees of Corporation
—Prohibition against editorializing by stations
—Requirement that controversial programs adhere to objectivity and balance

• Authorizes $9 million for fiscal year 1968, to remain available until expended (Limit of $250,000 to any one station or for any one project)

Title III – Study of Instructional Television

• Authorizes a comprehensive study of instructional television broadcasting (that is, noncommercial television broadcast for classroom use)
• Study to be conducted by Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare
• Findings to be reported to Congress by January 1, 1969
• Authorizes $500,000 for cost of study