Event at Library of Congress to honor half-century of pubcasting

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Clockwise from top left: Connecticut Public Broadcasting; LBJ Library photo by Yoichi Okamoto; Louis M. Lyons photo, WGBH; Library of Congress photo, Detroit Publishing Co., Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

The Library of Congress, Boston’s WGBH and the American Archive of Public Broadcasting will mark 50 years of the Public Broadcasting Act with an afternoon of panel discussions Friday in Washington.

“Preserving Public Broadcasting at 50 Years” will bring together national public broadcasting executives and pioneers of public TV and radio. Discussions will focus on the origins of its news and public affairs programming, preservation and educational uses of programs and changing styles of documentaries.

Participants include Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), an adviser to the AAPB; Dick Cavett, host of The Dick Cavett Show on PBS from 1977–82; Judy Woodruff of PBS NewsHour; Frontline creator David Fanning; former PBS President Ervin Duggan; and NPR’s Cokie Roberts.

Conversations will run from 2 to 6 p.m. Eastern time in the library’s James Madison Memorial Building in Washington. Tickets are free; register online. The event will also be streamed on YouTube.

CPB established the public broadcasting archives in 2009. In 2013, the Library of Congress and WGBH took over the project.