President's Budget Eliminates Federal Funding for Public Broadcasting

Feb 13, 2018

President Trump’s annual budget proposal recommends eliminating funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). CPB funding, which amounts to .01 percent of the federal budget, is important seed funding that enables local stations like Blue Ridge Public Radio to provide you with the programming and services you value and trust. Multiple studies confirm there is no replacement for federal funding.

  • More than half of all Americans use public media every month. 170 million Americans connect through 368 public television stations, 934 public radio stations, hundreds of online services, and in-person events and activities.
  • Public Broadcasting is one of the most effective public/private partnerships in America. Annual federal funding amounts to only $1.35 per American and is leveraged by local stations to raise six times that amount from other sources.
  • Public broadcasting supports lifelong learning for all Americans. Investments in children’s educational, cultural, public affairs and news programming, digital classroom resources, teacher training, and distance learning have made public broadcasting a leader in lifelong learning.
  • Public Broadcasting strengthens our democracy. The free flow of ideas and debate helps us participate in the political process as informed citizens.

Blue Ridge Public Radio is a proud partner of Protect My Public Media, a collaboration of local public radio and television stations, national distributors, producers, viewers, listeners and others who support a strong public media in the United States. The campaign is an effective tool to protect future federal funding for public media.

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