In the wake of the controversial firing of senior analyst Juan Williams, are you looking for some information about NPR – its origins and funding? Calls and threats are being made from some quarters to have the Congress “de-fund” public radio and televison.
NPR – National Public Radio – was created in 1970 following congressional passage of the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967. President Lyndon B. Johnson signed this act into law on November 7, 1967. This law established the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and created PBS – the Public Broadcasting System in addition to NPR. The local NPR station is Boston’s WBUR-90.9 FM – http://www.wbur.org/.
For a breakdown of public radio finances check the NPR wesite here: http://www.npr.org/about/aboutnpr/publicradiofinances.html
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