Funding For Public Broadcasting Targeted For Elimination

Federal funding of arts programs, including money for public radio and television, has been the target of Republican administrations and congressional budget hawks for decades. Take action now by signing the petition at protectmypublicmedia.org to urge Congress to protect federal funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Though the funding will not likely eliminate PBS and NPR, which get only a small percentage of their funds from the federal government, it will nearly certainly impact local public radio and television stations. She called public media "one of America's best investments", costing "approximately $1.35 per citizen per year".

How does the CPB's work impact GPB and other public media stations? Under President Donald Trump's proposed budget, which was rolled out this week, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting would lose all of its federal funding.

But members of Congress should do themselves a favor and listen to the voices of their constituents instead of cozying up to the administration and its ill-advised plan to silence NPR and PBS. Many of the TV stations have carried the program "Sesame Street", with its memorable Big Bird character.

CPB's share of the $4 trillion federal budget is around.01 percent.

The station is set to spend $1.85 million in programming this current fiscal year, according to Hilary Silverboard, senior vice president for marketing and business strategy.

West Virginia Governor Jim Justice has proposed eliminating state funding to West Virginia Public Broadcasting. And the first is the direct strain on stations' funding.

"There would be places that would lose public media entirely", Pavelko asserted, and she continued on to say the impact would be "systemic" in making access to public media more hard. We are keeping a close eye on these developments and will update you as we learn more. They include Senate appropriations committee chairman Thad Cochran, R-Miss., whose father was chairman of the Mississippi Public Broadcasting Commission in the 1960s, and Sen.

Although bigger media organizations, including the flagship NPR and PBS, and larger affiliate station operators have diversified revenue streams that could provide a cushion, local news operations are in particular danger. Commercial TV and radio stations don't consistently reach that rural, impoverished stretch near the Kentucky and Missouri borders, so WLJT constitutes the only broadcast outlet for people who can not pay a cable bill. Rodney Frelinghuysen, R-N.J., and Tom Cole, R-Okla., previously have supported CPB's funding. In previous years VPR has received about $600,000 annually as a match from what we raise annually for membership and underwriting support. That's just not taking into account that there are parts of the country, particularly in rural areas, where over-the-air broadcast is significant in terms of how we get our content to people.

What would happen if VPR lost CPB funding? That doesn't even touch on NPR, which backs a wide variety of news programming at both national and local levels. Here in Georgia, GPB is supported by a diverse array of members, viewers and listeners who want us to continue to serve the many communities they represent across the state.

Federal funding is essential to the funding mix that supports public broadcasting.

The federal funds are especially crucial for local stations, as well as local arts groups, which often receive matching funds from other donors based on their federal allocations.

Corporation for Public Broadcasting CEO Patricia Harrison said if Congress supports Trump's guidance on the budget, it would mean "the collapse of the public media system itself and the end of this essential national service".

More than 70 percent of CPB's appropriation is distributed to local stations, majority in small markets or rural areas.

  • Elsie Buchanan