FCC Asks For More In 2009 Budget, CPB Faces 50% Cut
February 4, 2008 at 3:58 PM (PT)
The FCC has asked for a budget of $338.9 million for fiscal year 2009, an increase from 2008's $313 million. The budget requests $20 million for the Commission's digital TV transition education effort and $25.5 million to fight abuse and waste in the Universal Service Fund.
Meanwhile, the CORPORATION FOR PUBLIC BROADCASTING's budget as proposed by the WHITE HOUSE cuts the board's appropriation from $400 to $200 million in 2009 and from $420 to $200 million in 2010, with no advance appropriation offered for 2011.
CPB President PATRICIA HARRISON complained in a statement, "While we are acutely aware of the difficult budgetary choices facing the federal government, the cuts proposed in the budget for public broadcasting are draconian. Implementation of these severe cuts would impact millions of Americans who utilize public broadcasting on so many levels, beginning with educational programming and services. Further, it would work to degrade a 40-year partnership the American people overwhelmingly support and their elected representatives in Congress have repeatedly voted to strengthen."