Please Take Action to Support Public Broadcasting
February 12, 2011. Posted by Brandy Wood.
In 2010, Americans rated public broadcasting as an “excellent” use of taxpayer dollars, second only to defense spending. 80% of those polled said funding for public broadcasting is money “well spent.” *
Federal funding is the “lifeblood” of public broadcasting, providing critical seed money and basic operating support to local stations, which then leverage each $1 of federal funding to raise over $6 from local sources -- a tremendous return on the taxpayer investment. Federal funding provides the margin of revenue needed by local stations to produce quality local programs and to make a market for national producers.
Federal funding provides essential support for public broadcasting’s mission to ensure universal access to high-quality non-commercial programming that educates, informs, enlightens, and enriches the public, with a particular focus on the needs of underserved audiences, including children and minorities. This is particularly true for WBGO which uses this funding to ensure that we have adequate staff and other critical support for the New York/New Jersey market’s only full time jazz radio station.
Congressional efforts to eliminate federal funding are likely to begin this week with the House's consideration of legislation to fund the federal government for the remainder of this fiscal year. The Continuing Resolution (CR), approved during last fall's lame duck session, expires on March 4th. We expect the House Appropriations Committee will recommend a CR extension that includes a provision eliminating all funding for public broadcasting.
Please act today to send a clear message to Congress: Funding for public broadcasting is too important to eliminate. Click here to send a letter to your Representative.
*2010 Roper Opinion Poll
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