Public Broadcasting Laboratory

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The Public Broadcasting Laboratory (PBL) was a television program broadcast in the United States, created on November 5, 1967 by National Educational Television (NET). The program was considered a live Sunday-night magazine program.[1]


The Public Broadcasting Laboratory had the financial backing of the Ford Foundation which put over $292 million into educational television programs included the Public Broadcasting Laboratory. PBL featured a two-hour program of news and other features aired on Sunday evenings.

The executive director was Av Westin.

The initial PBL program featured African Americans with white-painted faces in a one-hour drama.


  1. ^ "History of Public Broadcasting". Retrieved 28 April 2011. 
  2. ^ Sterling, Kittross, Christoper, John (1990). Stay Tuned: A Concise History of American Broadcasting. Wadsworth Publishing Company. p. 389. ISBN 0-534-11905-0.