“No, We Shouldn’t Privatize PBS”: Dr. Bill Baker on the Sesame Street-HBO Partnership

Dr. Bill Baker, Journalist in Residence and President Emeritus of Educational Broadcasting Corporation, and Professor Evan Leatherwood warn against public media relying on partnerships with private organizations.

Holding up the HBO/Sesame Street deal as a model for the rest PBS is not only to go against the public’s will but also to affirm a disturbing trend in American life, in which our public services, constructed with visionary public sector leadership and funding, are being reclassified as luxuries, and priced accordingly. Bravo to Sesame Street, but let’s not turn its unique success into a rationale for leaving the rest of PBS behind.

Read the full article at The Nation.

AP Photo Matt Sayles

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