How about $2 billion for NewsHour?

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Alex Jones wants one or more of the world’s richest people to establish a $2 billion endowment that would provide permanent funding for PBS’s NewsHour, reveals journo David Westphal, blogging on the Annenberg School for Communication site. Jones, director of the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard, floats the idea in his upcoming book, Losing the News: The Uncertain Future of the News That Feeds Democracy. Regarding NewsHour, Jones writes: “If Warren Buffett or a group of billionaires wanted to change the world, this is how they could do it. It’d be one hour of prime viewing time for every television in the country. It would give the United States the genuinely high-quality TV news operation that it has never had.”