Public Broadcasting Would Get More Money Under Obama's Proposed Budget
February 15, 2011 at 4:54 AM (PT)
Public broadcasting, under threat of a total defunding of the CORPORATION FOR PUBLIC BROADCASTING by House Republicans (NET NEWS 2/10), got a better reception in President OBAMA's proposed fiscal year 2012 budget, with the WHITE HOUSE proposing a $6 million increase for the CPB to $451 million for the two year advance appropriation for FY 2014.
NPR President and CEO VIVIAN SCHILLER said, "We are grateful to the OBAMA Administration for recognizing the importance of public radio to the life of communities across the nation. Every day, over 900 public radio stations present fact-based local, national and international news, as well as local arts, music and cultural programming that can’t be found anywhere else.
"At a time when our country is confronting many difficult challenges, public broadcasting is providing an essential service by informing and educating 170 million Americans every month. This mission is more relevant than ever."
Alliance For Women In Media Opposes CPB Defunding
Responding to the Republican proposal to defund CPB, the ALLIANCE FOR WOMEN IN MEDIA's President ERIN M. FULLER issued a statement saying that her group "considers elimination of federal funding of public media to be a disservice to all Americans. When you take away funding from NPR and PBS, you take away quality educational non-commercial programming from children; you take away unique, intelligent news and public affairs programming; you take away the only source of local programming from many communities. Public broadcasting is not a luxury -- it is an essential service to the American people."