There’s a conversation going on right now at a public radio online site about where the two presidential candidates stand on future federal funding for public broadcasting. Those federal dollars are allocated to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting which then distributes the bulk of that appropriation (over 70%) directly to qualified local radio and tv stations like NCPR. Here’s a link to the CPB website page that explains public media funding.
The conversation among public radio professionals got started when someone shared this:
*Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney is sticking to his position to cut federal funding for public media. In an interview with Fortune he says public broadcasting is one of the areas he’ll target as part of an effort to cap government spending. “Maybe Big Bird is going to have to have advertisers,” Romney told a crowd in Iowa earlier this year.*
Meanwhile, back in February, CPB’s CEO Patricia Harrison issued a press release in response to President Obama’s proposed budget:
“President Obama today submitted his Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 budget to Congress. In it, he requested full funding – $445 million – for CPB’s FY 2015 advance appropriation.”
I ask this of you from time to time and will ask again now:
Where do you stand on future federal funding of public media (public radio and tv stations, and possibly some public information sites on digital platforms)?