Legislation is currently being considered in Congress that would eliminate funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), which distributes the federal appropriation for public broadcasting to public stations across the country and to national organizations such as NPR and PBS.
Public television is America’s largest classroom, the nation’s largest stage for the arts and a trusted window to the world – all at the cost of about $1 per person per year. The proposed legislation overlooks the critical value that PBS’ nearly 360 member stations provide to major cities and small towns.
Federal funding is critical seed money for PBS’ member stations — which are locally owned and operated — supporting mission-driven programming and initiatives, particularly among underserved groups like rural populations who would not otherwise be able to access what public television stations provide. This includes content that expands the minds of children, documentaries that open up new worlds, non-commercialized news series that keep citizens informed on world events and programming that brings the arts, theatre and music to people wherever they live.
These dollars are particularly important to smaller stations. While the appropriation equals about 15% of our system’s revenue, this is an aggregate number. For many stations, the appropriation counts for as much as 40-50% of their budget.
This is Paul Schrader’s take. We have some real big money problems in the United States. If it were at my home we would shut off the cable for television. Why in the hell can’t CPB pay for this, if it is so loved. I am tired of the budget being so screwed up and seeing we still pay for the cable.
Where are those hard spending cuts. Just like planned parenthood (PP.) CPB and PP are both private corporations getting funded by us. Why? It’s time to get real and spend money on defense and infrastructure. Throw out the pork. We spend a freaking lot of money for this PORK!
That’s my take.—-Paul Schrader