Documenting and Celebrating Public Broadcasting Station Histories

Public Broadcasting Act of 1967

The Public Broadcasting Act of 1967 marked a significant moment in the history of all public broadcasting stations. As President Johnson said at the signing of the Act into law, it gives a "stronger voice to educational radio and television." The Act led to the establishment of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), and National Public Radio (NPR). Some stations chose to document this historic moment in the national public broadcasting landscape through local coverage.

Lyndon B. Johnson signing the Public Broadcasting Act

Public domain image courtesy of LBJ Presidential Library

Lyndon B. Johnson signing the Public Broadcasting Act

Public domain image courtesy of LBJ Presidential Library

Curator

Sadie Roosa

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Additional Resources

  • John Pastore on the Public Broadcasting Act
  • NET and NAEB Representatives on the Public Broadcasting Act
  • News Story on Disputes After Enactment of the Public Broadcasting Act