Skip to main content

HOUSE ELIMINATES FUNDING FOR LOCAL PUBLIC TELEVISION AND RADIO...

House Eliminates Funding For Local Public Television and Radio Stations

WASHINGTON — February 19, 2011 — Today, the Public Media Association (PMA) expressed deep disappointment with the House vote to eliminate funding for local public television and radio stations. The House vote was 235-189.

“If this House-passed bill stands, it would endanger hundreds of public radio and television stations that serve as educational, informational and cultural lifelines for millions of people nationwide, and it would be a death sentence for stations serving rural and small-town America,” said PMA president Patrick Butler.

“Public broadcasting serves people everywhere, including hundreds of communities where such service would never be profitable,” Butler continued. “To dismantle a public broadcasting system that 170 million Americans regularly rely on for lifelong learning, in-depth news and public affairs programming, and world-class culture – all for the sake of reducing one year’s federal budget deficit by less than three thousandths of one percent – is to recklessly defy the will of the American people, who routinely rank public broadcasting just behind national defense as the best use of taxpayer dollars.

“We urge the Senate to reject this House action, and we hope the final decision on this matter will recognize the enduring value of public broadcasting as America’s largest classroom, its greatest stage, and its most trusted and comprehensive source of information for the citizens of the world’s greatest democracy,” Butler concluded.

About PMA
The Public Media Association (PMA) is joint initiative between the Association of Public Television Stations (APTS) and NPR to respond to the current federal funding crisis on behalf of local public radio and television stations.

###

Latest News

APTS/PBS Spectrum Auction and Repacking Plan Webinar - July 24, 2014 at 2 p.m. ET

APTS and PBS held a webinar for member stations on Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. ET which discussed the FCC Spectrum Auction and Repacking Plan.
news
APTS Commends the House for Passing the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act

APTS today commended the U.S. House of Representatives for passing H.R. 4572, the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Reauthorization Act (STELA).
news

The Signal

THE SIGNAL - June 2014

APTS in The News; Save The Date For The Next Spectrum Webinar; APTS FY 2015 Membership Renewal; Public Broadcasting Funded in Senate Labor-HHS-Education Subcommittee Bill and more.
The Signal
THE SIGNAL - May 2014

APTS Webinar on Spectrum, Public Safety and Education; Protect My Public Media Holds Webinar Focused on Social Media; APTS Membership Renewal; FY 2015 Appropriations Update; House Education and the Workforce Committee Membership Changes; STELA Reauthorization Update; Shawn Halford, Senior Director, Programming and Scheduling for PBS to Headline This Month’s Leadership Council Call; The FCC Adopts Broadcast Incentive Auction Rules; FCC Chair Testifies at House Energy and Commerce Hearing; Joint Comments of the Public Television Coalition Filed With The Copyright Office
The Signal