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Objectivity and Balance Research White Papers

The Public Broadcasting Act of 1967 mandates that the Corporation for Public Broadcasting facilitate the development of a system that will make programs available "with strict adherence to objectivity and balance." The statute further charges CPB's Board of Directors with establishing a "comprehensive policy and set of procedures" that, among other things, provide for regular review of national public broadcasting programming for objectivity and balance. However, CPB is also prohibited by this same statue from determining programs' content. In navigating between these directives, CPB has not always satisfied all observers.

In October of 2007, CPB announced a Request for Proposals on seven mutually-exclusive research topics regarding objectivity and balance in public broadcasting.

The following research white papers are available now. Future white papers will be posted to this page as they become available.

Research White Papers

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