ERIC Number: ED021446
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1965
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The Financing of Educational Television Stations, Present Patterns and Recommendations for the Future.
Breitenfeld, Frederick, Jr.
This information on financing educational television stations comes from a structured questionnaire answered by all ETV stations in the U.S. and from a conference of national educational broadcast leaders. In terms of ownership, there are 31 community stations, 32 university stations, 13 state stations, and 19 school stations. They average between nine and ten broadcast hours daily, five days per week, and they employ 2,445 persons on a full-time basis and 1,199 workers part-time. Annual incomes of the stations range from $50,000 to $2,500,000, with the average being $368,000. More than half of a station's financing normally comes in the form of direct, budgeted support from a parent organization, and a little less than one quarter comes from donations. Educational broadcasters at the conference believed their industry's financial problems could be improved by: (1) partial support from the federal government for community service programs; (2) the use of public funds for the endowment of stations; (3) greater support for new agencies, exchange libraries, national programing sources, and different programing approaches; and (4) the establishment of a national fund-raising organization, a national commission for intensive study of ETV, and a national citizens' advisory committee. The conference also concluded that taxes, license fees, and pay-as-you-view systems are not feasible means of support. (JO)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Association of Educational Broadcasters, Washington, DC.