Published: Wed, March 22, 2017
Science | By Carlton Santiago

Corporation for Public Broadcasting FAQ

Corporation for Public Broadcasting FAQ

So if smaller stations have to close their doors, that means NPR and PBS will get less funding overall and could pass along the cuts to the larger stations like KOCE, KPCC and KCRW.

President Donald Trump's administration has released a "budget blueprint to make America great again", leaving some people praising him and others wondering what's so great about eliminating funding for something so many of them grew up with - the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). Such federal budget decisions are ultimately the responsibility of Congress, and many debates will yet take place before anything is settled. The agency granted almost 75 percent of its $445 million federal funds to local radio and television station in 2016, according to its federal appropriation report.

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"If this stays at zero funding this is like the tsunami crashing onshore and it's the little houses will get washed away first because they are totally dependent upon on it", said Neal Shapiro, president of WNET, the NY flagship station of the Public Broadcasting System.

Just a year ago, Alabama Public Television was honored with two major national awards: the Edward R. Murrow Award for Best Documentary in the Nation for the biography of Jeremiah Denton, and the National Association of Broadcasters Service to America Award for Service to Children. This is not the first effort to eliminate funding for public media and each time those efforts have failed.

How much money does each taxpayer pay for CPB funding?

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The number was even higher among voters in states that went from Democratic to Republican in the 2016 election, with 85% of voters wanting savings to come from somewhere other than public television. During the final episode in the fall of 2000, he said, "Those of us in broadcasting have a special calling to give whatever we feel is the most nourishing that we can for our audience".

Sens. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) wrote President Trump Thursday to register their opposition to defunding the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. More than 41 million Americans listen to public radio each week, including more than 500,000 WBUR listeners here in Boston. Seventy-eight of those stations serve predominantly rural communities.

CPB president and CEO Patricia Harrison claimed there was "no viable substitute for federal funding that ensures Americans have universal access to public media's educational and informational programming and services".

Trump's proposal "would be absolutely devastating for my station and for all of the stations in Alaska", said Bill Legere, KTOO general manager. A fifth of the budget for the only statewide television program comes from CPB, Hyyppa said - more than a million dollars.

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Montana PBS produces documentaries and state government news that commercial televisions ignores. Federal funding supports stations far beyond programming alone.

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