The Public Broadcasting Act of 1967
set up public broadcasting
in the United States
, establishing the Corporation for Public Broadcasting
, and eventually the Public Broadcasting Service
(PBS) and National Public Radio
When Lyndon B. Johnson signed the act into law on November 7, 1967, he described its purpose:
- It announces to the world that our Nation wants more than just material wealth; our Nation wants more than a "chicken in every pot. We in America have an appetite for excellence, too. While we work every day to produce new goods and to create new wealth, we want most of all to enrich man's spirit. That is the purpose of this act.
- It will give a wider and, I think, stronger voice to educational radio and television by providing new funds for broadcast facilities. It will launch a major study of television's use in the Nation's classrooms and their potential use throughout the world. Finally — and most important — it builds a new institution: the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.