CPB Defends Federal Funds For Public Broadcasting In Report To House
June 25, 2012 at 4:32 AM (PT)
An analysis of public broadcasting commissioned by the CORPORATION FOR PUBLIC BROADCASTING in response to a Conference Report on the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2012 (H.R. 2055) and looking at alternative funding sources for funding public stations concludes that ending federal funding for stations would lead to "a domino effect (that) will result in the loss of those stations most 'at risk' first, and then a cascading debilitating effect on remaining stations and the national programming services. At bottom, the loss of federal support for public broadcasting risks the collapse of the system itself."
The CPB report, commissioned from BOOZ AND CO., alleges that 76 public radio stations and 54 public television stations would be "at high risk of no longer being able to sustain operations if federal funding were eliminated." "None of the five options for alternative sources of revenue offers a realistic opportunity to generate significant positive net revenue that could replace the current amount of federal funding that CPB receives through the appropriations process on behalf of public broadcasting," the CPB adds.
"(T)that there is simply no substitute for the federal investment to accomplish the public service mission that Congress has assigned to public broadcasters and that the American people overwhelmingly support," the CPB report asserts, adding, "there is no substitute for federal support of public broadcasting, and that the loss of federal support would mean the end of public broadcasting, and with it the end of an extraordinarily useful national teaching tool, the loss of the most trusted source of news and public affairs programs in the nation, the erosion of our national memory and exceptional culture, the compromise of our civil defense and emergency alert system, and the demise of a federal investment that the American people consider a better use of tax dollars than any other except national defense."