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Are TV channels funded by advertising on average better than TV channels funded by tax payers?

Asked by dotlin (422points) July 30th, 2010

Are corporations such as ABC Australian Broadcasting Corporation and the BBC better due to not having to pander to advertisers, can be more objective, spending more money on certain shows such as documentaries that wouldn’t gain enough in revenue from advertising alone, can experiment with new styles other channels may not want to try?

Over channels such as FOX, ABC, etc?

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tedd's avatar

TV stations make far more off advertising than their competition that gets tax dollars.

The big cable networks you DIDN’T list actually tend to make the most. Like ESPN, Comedy Central, the NFL network…. stuff like that.

janbb's avatar

PBS is much better than commercial channels in the States.

Dutchess_III's avatar

@janbb Precisely. BUT you’re very limited on finding interesting stuff all the time, but what you do find, like “Nova” and “Nature” is just fascinating. Much, much better than the mindless drivel other stations put out.

UScitizen's avatar

No. They all have an agenda. They all promote the special interests of the group that controls them.

Dutchess_III's avatar

@UScitizen Well of course they do! That’s why sometimes you can’t find anything but an orchestra on PBS! But the point is, the quality on public funded television is much higher than on shows funded by commercials.

gorillapaws's avatar

CNN is turning into Fox Jr. PBS is quickly becoming my favorite source of news. It’s a shame they don’t have more airtime.

mattbrowne's avatar

On the contrary. Public channels with a minimum of advertising are far superior, at least in Germany. More than 70% of the content of private channels is mind-numbing nonsense frequently interrupted by mind-numbing repetitive ads.

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