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Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB)

Self Description

May 2006: "The Corporation for Public Broadcasting is a private, non-profit corporation that was created by Congress in 1967.

The Corporation is not a government agency. It promotes public telecommunications services (television, radio, and online) for the American people. CPB invests in more than 1,000 local radio and television stations . . . their services, their programs, and their ideas. These CPB-funded stations reach virtually every household in the country.

CPB is the largest single source of funding for public television and radio programming. CPB funds diverse and innovative programming that's useful, educational and cultural.

Most CPB-funded television programs are distributed through the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). CPB-funded radio programs are distributed primarily through National Public Radio (NPR), American Public Media, and Public Radio International (PRI). CPB created PBS in 1969 and NPR in 1970."

Third-Party Descriptions


RoleNameTypeLast Updated
Cooperation (past or present) American Public Media Organization May 29, 2006
Cooperation (past or present) Founder/Co-Founder of National Public Radio (NPR) Organization May 29, 2006
Founder/Co-Founder of Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) Organization May 29, 2006
Owner of (partial or full, past or present) Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) Source Jan 31, 2006
Cooperation (past or present) Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) Organization May 29, 2006
Cooperation (past or present) Public Radio International (PRI) Organization May 29, 2006
Advised by (past or present) Prof. Stephen Bates Esq. Person Aug 16, 2007
Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Kenneth Y. Tomlinson Person Aug 30, 2006

Articles and Resources

Date Resource Read it at:
May 25, 2016 State Department email audit faults Hillary Clinton

QUOTE: Hillary Clinton and her team ignored clear guidance from the State Department that her email setup broke federal standards and could leave sensitive material vulnerable to hackers, an independent audit has found. Her aides twice brushed aside concerns, in one case telling technical staff “the matter was not to be discussed further.”

Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)
Apr 14, 2011 Red State Home Companion

QUOTE: In a multiple-prong attack on NPR, Republicans slashed funding for public broadcasting, then passed an additional “emergency” bill to prohibit independent stations from using federal grants to buy NPR programs... So why go after such a meager sum for public radio, when it means so much to the least-populated areas of America? Spite. Ideology.

New York Times
Apr 24, 2009 Nigeria: The Hidden Cost of Corruption: Who are the biggest victims of widespread bribery?

QUOTE: the Berlin-based group Transparency International has consistently ranked Nigeria among the world's most corrupt countries.

Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)
Aug 31, 2006 Homestretch for a Hack

QUOTE: Investigators found he repeatedly broke ethics rules by packing the Public Broadcasting payroll with Republican partisans and pushing for a $4 million deal to “balance” public television with conservative polemicists...The Senate should immediately show him the barn door as he comes up for reappointment at the State Department.

New York Times
Aug 30, 2006 Broadcast Chief Misused Office, Inquiry Reports

QUOTE: State Department investigators have found that the head of the agency [Kenneth Y. Tomlinson-ed.] overseeing most government broadcasts to foreign countries has used his office to run a “horse racing operation”...possible misuse of federal money and the possible hiring of phantom or unqualified employees.

New York Times
Aug 29, 2006 Inquiry Criticizes U.S. Broadcasting Official Over Hiring

QUOTE: State Department investigators have concluded that Kenneth Y. Tomlinson, the head of the federal agency that oversees most government broadcasts to foreign countries, improperly hired a friend on the public payroll for nearly $250,000 over two and a half years.

New York Times
May 25, 2006 The Rich Get Richer: Google Needs Some Ad Sense

QUOTE: Google attracts advertisers like Luis with the idea that their ads will be cheaper because, frankly, they are selling something that is only thinly traded. The dream is that the system scales and scales fairly, only it isn't fair at all because if Amazon wants to advertise an equation editor USING EXACTLY THE SAME AD TEXT AND FORMATTING AS LUIS -- their words will cost 100 times less than the same words bought by Luis. It's not that Amazon (or any other big Google advertiser) has better copy writers, it is just that they sell a broader range of things.

Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)
Jul 15, 2005 Major GOP Donor Favored as Next CPB Chairman

QUOTE: A leading Republican donor who once suggested that public broadcasting journalists should be penalized for biased programs is the top candidate to succeed the controversial chairman at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, according to people at CPB and others in public broadcasting.

Washington Post
Jul 13, 2005 Scrutiny of Broadcast Agency Chief Intensifies

QUOTE: The Corporation for Public Broadcasting's inspector general is expanding his investigation of corporation Chairman Kenneth Tomlinson to include a look at how former Republican National Committee co-chair Patricia Harrison was installed as the new CPB president.

Washington Post
Jun 18, 2005 Official Had Aide Send Data to White House

QUOTE: E-mail messages obtained by investigators at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting show that its chairman, Kenneth Y. Tomlinson, extensively consulted a White House official shortly before she joined the corporation about creating an ombudsman's office...the e-mail messages... show that Ms. Andrews worked on a variety of ombudsman issues before joining the corporation, while still on the White House payroll.

New York Times
May 02, 2005 Republican Chairman Exerts Pressure on PBS, Alleging Biases

QUOTE: The Republican chairman of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting is aggressively pressing public television to correct what he and other conservatives consider liberal bias, prompting some public broadcasting leaders - including the chief executive of PBS - to object that his actions pose a threat to editorial independence.

New York Times
Oct 07, 2004 The Chris Phillips Deal: Did Microsoft Lie to the Department of Justice? Maybe So

QUOTE: In the great panoply of Microsoft civil anti-trust lawsuits, Burst's might be the last, and for Microsoft, it has to be the worst because Redmond looks so bad. This week, the news from recently unsealed court documents is that Microsoft may have deliberately lied not only to Burst, but also to the other anti-trust litigants right up to and including the U.S. Department of Justice.

Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)