Back in “commercial television” days, PBS, radio and TV was a way for people to connect to the world, it still is, in a manner not biased by advertisers. It uses the public airwaves, which belong to all of us. Current funding comes mostly from subscribers and donors. The purpose of “commercial free” is to NOT have “news” influenced by private corporate interests, like well Faux, and cable. Gee, remember when paying for cable was supposed to also free us from commercial advertising because we’d pay the cable companies?