The Future of Public Broadcasting and Federal Funding


What should be the role of public broadcasting in a democratic culture? Is there a role for governmental and taxpayer support of educational and public media, and at what level? Should all broadcasting of news, community information, and culture be based on free-market principles? These are some of the arguments in the political battles brewing in 1995 over the fate of federal funding for public broadcasting. 

Don Mullally has served as General Manager at WILL since the early years of federal funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. In this interview with host David Inge, Dr. Mullally discusses how the proposed cuts in federal funding would affect WILL's programming service, and the options for community service-based broadcasting in a post public broadcasting age.