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Public Service TV. A few facts on PBS Media English II/ Fall 2011. Differences. Commercial TV Profit oriented Short, flashy news Emphasis on building high ratings Targeted audiences (with money to spend) Glitz, stimulation, sex. Public Service TV Tax-supported Longer, deeper news

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public service tv

Public Service TV

A few facts on PBS

Media English II/ Fall 2011

differences
Differences
  • Commercial TV
  • Profit oriented
  • Short, flashy news
  • Emphasis on building high ratings
  • Targeted audiences (with money to spend)
  • Glitz, stimulation, sex
  • Public Service TV
  • Tax-supported
  • Longer, deeper news
  • Emphasis on covering everyone
  • Reach unserved audiences.
  • Educational programs
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PBS
  • Public Broadcasting Service
  • Started in 1970.
    • Followed National Educational TV.
  • 354 member stations around the U.S.
    • Many run by universities.
  • They provide programs, not central network.
  • Funding primarily from donations but also U.S. gov.
common programs
Common Programs
  • Fine arts – opera, symphonies, dance
  • Science (N
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  • In-depth news (Newshour, Charlie Rose)
  • Drama (Mystery Theater from the U.K.)
  • Lots of ‘educational TV’ for kids (Sesame Street)
how to raise money
How to raise money
  • Conducts seasonal fund-raising campaigns directly on TV.
  • Stops programs while station leaders ask people to please send in pledges for contributions.
  • You’ll see pitches everywhere for donations.
  • Even on videos.
the law
The Law
  • Public Broadcasting Act of 1967 requires public channels to strictly follow rules to be non-partisan in politics.
  • Can’t endorse (or support) one over another.
  • Because of its humanitarian approach, PBS is often accused of being too “liberal.”
  • Currently a target of right-wing politicians who want to cut all federal funding.
let s see some tv
Let’s see some TV
  • A news documentary on immigration arrests in Alabama.
  • In-depth news from ITV (UK) on disaster recovery in northern Japan.