You're visiting the home page of an Alabama-based web site, and the drop-down menu includes links to the kinds of items you might expect from a state department of education. The links will take you to information about early childhood education, adult education, literacy, a calendar of events, and online learning resources for people of all ages.

In this case, however, the web site belongs not to the state's education department, but to APTV--Alabama Public Television--and therein lies a story. One of many, actually.

Created decades ago, when television was much younger and the internet had yet to be born, public broadcasting...

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