Individual 1975

Personal Award: Dr. James R. Killian

A Special Peabody Award to Dr. James R. Killian for his unflagging, steadfast devotion to Public Broadcasting over a span of 25 years. In the early 1950s, with other New England educators, he worked to establish station WGBH in Boston. In 1965, he became chairman of the Carnegie Commission that laid the groundwork for the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967, and, as a dominant member of the CPB Board and its chairman in the troubled years 1973-75, Dr. Killian helped shield CPB from political influence. More than any other individual, he worked to secure the confidence of the White House and the Congress in public radio and television.