November 7th marks the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Public Broadcasting Act

This year commemorates the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Public Broadcasting Act. The law created the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and later led to the creation of both PBS and NPR. Austin City Limits honors the milestone signing in the non-performer category this year. The landmark act was signed into law in November 1967 by President Lyndon B. Johnson who remarked at the time, “We want most of all to enrich man’s spirit. That is the purpose of this act.” The Act stipulates that “it is in the public interest to encourage the development of programming that involves creative risks and that addresses the needs of unserved and underserved audiences, particularly children and minorities.”

The act was inducted into the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame in October. The award accepted by Catherine Robb, Attorney, Former KLRU Board President and founder of the LBJ Future Forum and Amy Barbee, Executive Director of the LBJ Foundation.