PBS Expresses Deep Concern Over the Elimination of Federal Funding

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ARLINGTON, VA - February 12, 2011 – PBS expresses deep concern today as the House Appropriations Committee formally proposed to eliminate federal funding for public broadcasting.

“PBS and public television stations are America’s largest classroom, the nation’s largest stage for the arts and a trusted window to the world – all at the cost of about $1 per person per year,” said PBS President and CEO Paula Kerger. “Federal funding provides vital seed money for PBS’ nearly 360 member stations, which are locally owned and operated, supporting important programming and initiatives, particularly among underserved groups like rural populations who wouldn’t otherwise be able to access public media content and services.”

Kerger added, “We understand that, in this difficult economic environment, it is appropriate for Congress to carefully examine every federal expenditure to ensure its continued value to the American public. Legislation to eliminate funding for public broadcasting overlooks the critical value that PBS member stations provide, especially to parents and their children. It’s America’s children who will feel the greatest loss, especially those who can’t attend preschool. PBS’ educational media help prepare children for success in school and open up the world to them in an age-appropriate way.”

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