Dump CPB, save “a quick $420 million,” says Washington Times

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CPB has become “a needless drain on the public coffers that has outlived its usefulness,” writes the Washington Times in an editorial today. Its reasoning: Pubcasting was born of the need to provide alternative programming to only three networks available in 1967; now there are a multitude of channels both on TV and the Internet. The newspaper cites demographics of viewers (mainly white, educated and older) that “reinforce the argument that public broadcasting is an upper-class subsidy. It’s highly doubtful that the urban American underclass is rushing home to catch Masterpiece Theater and the best of British comedy.” It suggests turning Sesame Workshop, “one of the most lucrative franchises to emerge from the public broadcasting system,” into a for-profit publicly traded corporation to support pubcasting.

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