Jan. 30, 1979 -
The Carnegie Commission on the Future of Public Broadcasting releases a report calling for a fundamental restructuring of what it sees as a flawed system. It proposes a Public Telecommunications Trust to supplant CPB and a semi-autonomous Program Services Endowment to invest in programming. The Commission also calls for more federal funding to public broadcasting from general tax revenues and a spectrum fee levied on all users of the public airwaves. Neither Congress nor the Carter administration picks up on the recommendations.