When you're talking about the aim of most television and radio stations it
is to attract the most viewers who will in turn watch the advertising
slots that are sold in thirty second blocks. Commercials for everything
from toys to mortgage plans are the reason that these media outlets exist. This is
not the case when it comes to public broadcasting. Instead of making their
money off of commercials they instead get their funding from individual
donations, sponsorships, and government funding.
This website is all about the great things you will find on public access
programming. Instead of today's latest sports game or sitcom you will
usually instead find more educational and cultural shows. When you're
listening to public radio you might find a section on buying real estate
hosted by a top real estate agent. Or you could view a special on public television
of one of the country's top classical music ensembles. Because standard
media is dictated by ratings and their advertisers there might not be
many venues for the type of programming that public broadcasters air.
Sometimes you're looking for a little bit more than your regular stations
can offer you. For a long car ride to a conference you might not want to hear the same
forty songs played on repeat. Stations like CBC can offer you radio documentaries,
talk-back shows with some of the country's greatest minds, and a variety
of Canadian and classical music. If you're in an area of the country that
has access to American stations you could also check out what's happening
on NPR. National Public Radio is full of interesting listening options.
When some of us think of public television we imagine old movies and specials
with painters or bird watchers. But the truth is there is something for
everyone on this station. You might not want to spend your hard-earned money
donating to the channel but could still watch programs focusing on outdoor
life, building, or many popular hobbies. And this station might be your
only chance to see some of those movies from decades ago.
The first public broadcasting network was the British Broadcasting Corporation,
which started in the 1920s and was very well respected throughout the
country. Now there are several national stations that mix government funding
with commercial media. The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation offers this
kind of programming. While you might see an ad offering Toronto
condominiums for sale or advertising a service business in Mississauga while you're watching the Maple Leafs hockey game, the CBC are
also receiving funds from several cultural grants, not specifically for the programming selection but for the station's general funding. In exchange they need
to offer a certain amount of Canadian programming.
Public broadcasting is something that is alive and well throughout the
world. It is used differently from Asia to America and this website is
here to tell you all about it.
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