President Trump's Budget Proposal Eliminates Funds for Public Broadcasting

  • President Trump's Budget Proposal Eliminates Funds for Public Broadcasting

President Trump's Budget Proposal Eliminates Funds for Public Broadcasting

The Budget also proposes to eliminate funding for other independent agencies, including: the African Development Foundation; the Appalachian Regional Commission; the Chemical Safety Board; the Corporation for National and Community Service; the Delta Regional Authority; the Denali Commission; the Inter-American Foundation; the U.S. Trade and Development Agency; the Legal Services Corporation; the National Endowment for the Humanities; the Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation; the Northern Border Regional Commission; the Overseas Private Investment Corporation; the United States Institute of Peace; the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness; and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Although bigger media organizations, including the flagship NPR and PBS, and larger affiliate station operators have diversified revenue streams that could provide a cushion, local news operations are in particular danger.

A top reason for protecting federal funding is public television's educational programming.

Trump's proposed budget, as released on Thursday, relies on cutting funding for 19 agencies in order to put more money into military spending and national security. "There would be a measurable number of stations, television and radio, that would not be able to survive this loss".

In other words, public broadcasting officials and their supporters on Capitol Hill have been through this before. It also helps fund the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. As the director and general manager of Montana PBS, Hyyppa oversee. During its last fiscal year, GPB spent almost $3 million more than it took in, partly due to a drop in capital grants and facility rentals, according to a 2016 audit.

Funding for the current fiscal year, FY2017, has already been distributed to the CPB, and payments have been made to stations, including St. Louis Public Radio. But in rural areas, the CPB is the difference between life and death for many stations. Without it, these stations would likely be unable to continue to provide local communities with news, information, cultural and educational programming that they now provide, and could even go off the air altogether. CPB funds represent about eight percent of the Ideastream budget. And the first is the direct strain on stations' funding. Funds also often help cover basic necessities such as radio tower maintenance and building upkeep.

How does the CPB's work impact GPB and other public media stations? Generating more listener support, applying for grants, and funding from philanthropy are just a few of her suggestions.

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Of course it'll be up to Congress to reconcile the president's proposals with the wishes of the electorate.

Some Republican politicians have been trying to strip all funding from the CPB since the 1970s.

CPB's role in public media is to shield stations from political influence, and deliver federal support in a way that does not affect a station's ability to operate independently.

In January, a bipartisan survey conducted by Republican and Democratic pollsters found 73 percent of Americans oppose eliminating federal funding for PBS, and 66 percent of those who voted for Trump favored maintaining or increasing federal funding.

As the Washington Post reports, of the $442 million distributed by the CPB in 2014, only around $43 million went to those PBS and NPR.

"Millions of Americans depend on their local public radio station for the fact-based, objective, public service journalism they need to stay informed about the world and about the news in their own communities", Mayor wrote. Through the years, people in public media have argued that many of these communities would lose irreplaceable educational and local news programs without federal support.