VOA, CPB Face Cuts In Proposed 2008 Budget
February 6, 2007 at 5:46 AM (PT)
The new 2008 federal budget proposed by President BUSH includes cuts in the VOICE OF AMERICA's budget that would force the international broadcaster to eliminate most of its English-language broadcasts, reducing English programming to the network's English-to-AFRICA and "Special English" limited vocabulary programs.
Programming in Uzbek, Cantonese, Thai, Greek, Croatian, and Georgian would also be eliminated and Russian, Macedonian, Serbian, Bosnian, Albanian, and Hindo programming would be cut from the radio side but not on the TV side. The budget would fund increases in programming to CUBA, VENEZUELA, and NORTH KOREA.
CPB Braces For Cuts
Meanwhile, the CORPORATION FOR PUBLIC BROADCASTING is looking at an almost 25% cut in the 2008 budget. The proposed budget drops funding from 2007's $460 million to $350 million, with cuts including the elimination of additional funds to pay for public TV conversion to digital transmission, the withdrawal of $50 million previously appropriated for next year by Congress, and some funding for the Ready to Learn educational program.