Air Wars: The Fight to Reclaim Public Broadcasting

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Temple University Press, 2001 - Performing Arts - 338 pages
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Offering a narrative of the price of politics, money, and ambition, and an account of how ordinary people can prevail over powerful interests, this title tells how a grassroots movement of concerned citizens at WQED in Pittsburgh was able to overcome enormous institutional influence in their quest for public accountability.
 

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Sociology professor and self-styled community activist Starr explains how the originally commercial-free, not-for-profit public broadcasting system turned out to be so much like the commercial-laden ... Read full review

Contents

Corporate Medias Threat to Democracy
12
The Broken Promise of PBS
24
The Battle to Reform WQED
56
Reproducing the Station Culture
78
What Am I Bid? Stripping Assets at WQED
121
Round Two the Battle over WQEX
162
The Killing of WQEX and the Final Showdown
186
Putting the Public into Public TV
235
Citizens for Independent Public Broadcasting
297
References
319
Acknowledgments
326
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Starr is an activist and ward-winning sociologist. He is founder and Executive Director of Citizens for Independent Public Broadcasting.

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