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Concha writes: "President Trump's newly proposed budget includes a proposal to end federal funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), part of a package that includes $300 billion in new spending overall."

Donald Trump. (photo: Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)
Donald Trump. (photo: Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)

Trump Proposes Eliminating Federal Funding for PBS, NPR

By Joe Concha, The Hill

12 February 18


resident Trumps's newly proposed budget includes a proposal to end federal funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), part of a package that includes $300 billion in new spending overall.

CPB provides federal funding for PBS and National Public Radio stations.

"The Budget proposes to eliminate Federal funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) over a two year period," according to the proposal.

"CPB grants represent a small share of the total funding for the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) and National Public Radio (NPR), which primarily rely on private donations to fund their operations," it continues.

"To conduct an orderly transition away from Federal funding, the Budget requests $15.5 million in 2019 and $15 million in 2020, which would include funding for personnel costs of $16.2 million, rental costs of $8.9 million; and other costs totaling $5.4 million."

In a statement in March 2017 after the first Trump budget proposed the elimination of CPB, the 50-year-old nonprofit characterized itself as “one of America’s best investments.”

“We will work with the new administration and Congress in raising awareness that elimination of federal funding to CPB begins the collapse of the public media system itself and the end of the essential national service," CPB President Patricia Harrison said.

“There is no viable substitute for federal funding that ensures Americans have universal access to public media’s educational and informational programming and services," she added.

“The elimination of federal funding to CPB would initially devastate and ultimately destroy public media’s role in early childhood education, public safety, connecting citizens to our history, and promoting civil discussions — all for Americans in both rural and urban communities.”

Responding to Trump's budget, the CPB's head said the cuts would hurt emergency alert systems and childhood programming, among other things.

PBS CEO Paula Kerger said at a TV critics meeting last July that a number of PBS stations across the country are dependent on federal funding in order to survive. 

"PBS will not go away, but a number of our stations will," Kerger said on July 30th. "There is no Plan B for that."

Trump's budget requires congressional approval before it can take effect. Public broadcasting has survived previous presidential threats to cut its funding. your social media marketing partner


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+9 # Benign Observer 2018-02-12 15:41
The Koch Bros. wouldn't like that. They're busy trying to take away paid sick leave.
+1 # wilhelmscream 2018-02-12 16:06
SAVE PBS AND NPR! CAR TALK RULES!! (hosts retired; all repeats. still fun 2 listen)
+9 # krazykwiltkatt 2018-02-12 18:48
Sarcasm Alert! I can see the rational behind this; Why fund a state media when we already have one? Faux News!
-7 # CDMR 2018-02-12 18:53
Finally, one good idea. But the Koch bros won't let him.
+8 # angelfish 2018-02-13 01:29
sick, Sick, SICK! WHEN is enough, ever ENOUGH with these Sick B*stards? Are Working Americans to be allowed NOTHING to enjoy? NO respite from the Menace's Evil Policies and "Executive Orders"? This is NOT who we are as a People or as a Nation! We hae been innovators, Artists, Magnificent Talents of EVERY kind, be it Theater, Music, Dance, Science or Sports, we have led the World! WHY are they trying to stuff us all into a Box labeled, "NO soup for YOU!" I am SiCK to death of them and their Evil Designs to Destroy ALL that has been Fine and Good in this country. ALL for MONEY? They've already got enough money to support this country, let alone, the World! HOW much more do they NEED? Americans will not take much more of this Bull-Puckey and, if enough Judges STOP their illegal and Evil machinations, maybe we can turn it around and recover what we have lost and are STILL losing EVERY minute they remain in Washington! Rebel! Resist! and RePudiate them until they are ALL Impeached!
+8 # relegn 2018-02-13 07:19
PBS and NPR provide news and educational content to the public. Since d.trump and the Republican Party don't support public education and don't like any news they can't control the desire to eliminate these government funded programs comes as no surprise. In fact the Republican Party has been working for this for years. I am only surprised that they have not yet decided to start government funding of right-wing conservative media outlets to create the kind of media propaganda system used in Russia. Maybe that is what is coming next.
+1 # Robbee 2018-02-13 08:07
don’t it always seem to go?
that you don’t know what you got till it’s gone? - j. mitchell

"Next time, we must resolve to MAKE OUR VOTE COUNT!" - (caps in original) - bernie
+9 # BetaTheta 2018-02-13 08:55
Well, of course he wants to eliminate them, as they are the closest we have to objective news. That is always a danger to the Trump narrative.
+3 # Wise woman 2018-02-13 10:52
Given enough time, trump will attempt to destroy everything good in this country and forge ahead with all things BAD!!! It boggles the mind how totally destructive this MIC is. I wonder, was he always like this?
-6 # Johnny 2018-02-13 12:08
Much as I detest Trump, I have to agree with him on this one. Government has no business using my tax dollars to brainwash me with the Zionist propaganda that NPR "news" vomits.
0 # librarian1984 2018-02-14 09:31
Yea, why do they need OUR $ when the Kochs are funding them? I don't listen anymore.

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