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Please Update the PBS page[edit]

Note: the article is not protected; I changed the template from edit semi-protected to request edit accordingly. LittleMountain5 02:11, 8 January 2014 (UTC)


Hi, my name is Natalie and I work at PBS. I had made changes from an account I created "PBSofficial", not realizing I couldn't do so. Sorry about that. Here are the two paragraphs we would like updated.

CURRENT COPY:

PBS was founded by Hartford N. Gunn Jr. of WGBH-TV in Boston, Massachusetts, as the Corporation for Public Broadcasting on October 5, 1970, at which time it took over many of the functions of its predecessor, National Educational Television (NET), which later merged with Newark, New Jersey station WNDT to form WNET. In 1973, it merged with Educational Television Stations.

PROPOSED REVISION:

On Nov. 3, 1969, four public broadcasters, including the presidents of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and National Educational Television (NET), incorporated a new nonprofit organization to interconnect the public television stations, taking on those functions of NET.

Citation: Public Broadcasting PolicyBase (January 14, 2000). "Articles of Incorporation of Public Broadcasting Service". Current Newspaper. Retrieved 2013-01-03 (SEE http://www.current.org/wp-content/themes/current/archive-site/pbpb/documents/PBSarticles69.html)

[Note: The Public Broadcasting Policy Base is listed currently as a citation on the PBS Wikipedia page. ]

President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the first Public Broadcasting Act in November 1967, paving the way for the formation of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). As the steward of federal funds to support public television and radio stations and program production, CPB recommended the formation of a national program distribution service. The Public Broadcasting Service was born, and its headquarters was established in Washington, DC. Hartford Gunn, president and general manager of public television station WGBH in Boston, was named the first president of PBS in March 1970. The service was composed of 128 local member stations.

Citation: Public Broadcasting Service. (1999). PBS Celebrates 30 years of television at its best [Press release].

CURRENT COPY: The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) is an American broadcast television network. The non-profit public broadcaster has 354 member television stations which hold collective ownership. The network's headquarters are located in Arlington, Virginia.

PROPOSED REVISION:

The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) is an American broadcast television network. The non-profit public broadcaster has more than 350 member television stations that that are independently owned and operated. The network's headquarters are located in Arlington, Virginia.

Note: The current entry notes: “Unlike public broadcasters in most other countries, PBS does not own any of the stations that broadcast its programming (in context, there are no PBS owned-and-operated stations anywhere in the country). This is partly due to the origins of the PBS stations themselves, and partly due to historical broadcast license issues.” Given this, I think asking for the above change is reasonable. NatNBen (talk) 15:58, 20 December 2013 (UTC)