Public Radio: “Struggle Far From Over”

Posted on September 24, 2011


Dear friends,
It has been a pivotal week as bills to fund the main public broadcasting programs passed safely through the Senate.  We have made critical strides to ensure future funding for public broadcasting is protected; however the struggle is far from over.
Two Steps Forward:
The Senate Appropriations Committee proposed funding the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and Ready to Learn (which funds public television programming for kids) at current levels. These are important steps forward in a very challenging funding environment. We couldn’t have made it over this important hurdle without your help – thank you!
One Step Back:
Even after hundreds of calls from their constituents, the Senate Appropriations Committee did not restore funding for the Public Telecommunications Facilities Program (PTFP), which was the only source of ongoing infrastructure assistance for public broadcasting stations, particularly in rural areas. Thanks to all of you that reached out to your senators on that committee prior to this funding decision.
While we were not able to save funding for PTFP, your efforts have not gone unnoticed and remain vitally important to the greater fight to save public broadcasting. 
Why does this matter?
We hope you are reminded why this matters every time you turn on your TV to watch the vital public television programming provided by PBS and your local public television stations – or listen to NPR and the extraordinary local programming provided by your public radio stations.
The future of our country is dependent upon the free exchange of ideas supported by public broadcasting. As part of 170 Million Americans, you are helping guarantee that this indispensible service is available for coming generations – and for that we say thank you.
We will keep you up-to-date as things progress in Washington – be on the lookout for an email highlighting an important action you can take to get the Obama Administration’s attention regarding the importance of our funding soon.
Jeff Nelson and Stacey Karp
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