Glossary

appropriation funds set aside by the government in a budget for a specific purpose

broadcasting the distribution of television or radio content via the airwaves to the wider public, often with general interests in mind

commission a group of people assembled and directed to achieve a common objective

excise tax a tax collected upon purchase of a good

medium a means for conveying information between people

network a radio or television company that produces and broadcasts content for reception by stations

noncommercial without a profit motive; not governed by the need to generate revenues

public-private partnership an agreement to fund PBS through viewer donations (“public”) and corporate sponsorships (“private”) to share the responsibility for maintaining public broadcasting without favoring the interests of one group over the other

station a local facility, usually serving a city or region, for transmitting and receiving television and radio content