The old PBS was broken up and privatized in 2005. A couple of local stations found the funding to keep going as independents, but most were snapped up by commercial buyers glad to promise to maintain “significant educational and public interest content” in return for bargain basement prices on the station’s license.

PBN came along twelve years later. It was funded by the U .S. government and a consortium of corporations. Its main job was to pump out “educational” broadcasting to keep the cits well informed of the official position on how things were going. Any oldies out there may remember that in 2017 they weren’t going real well. The country was still reeling from the assassinations of 2016, and the Soviets were still making noises about how it was all the U.S.‘s fault. Weather strikes generated by Howling Coyote’s Ghost Dancers were hitting all over North America, and a series of quakes was rattling the Northwest. We know now, of course, that they were building up to the blowoff of the Cascade volcanoes.

The America spaceplane disaster had everyone asking if the U.S. still knew what the frag it was doing with high tech.

PBN ran a series of glossy specials that toed the government party line and praised jarman to the skies. It put high-priced wage mages and scientists on the air to show how the Ghost Dance was small stuff and its effects were merely the result of natural patterns in the environment. Anthropologists proved that the Native American cultures could only benefit by cooperating in the
government’s relocation and reeducation programs.
Objective scientific journalism, you see.

PBN also runs lots of art shows, with only a half a dozen breaks to acknowledge the corporate donations that make it all possible.

A lot has happened since PBN went on the air, but not to worry, PBN hasn’t let that change its style. It’s still a free and open forum for anyone who holds opinions that the FTCC and the
UCAS gummint approve of.


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