Federal funding for public media is under attack.
The White House budget proposal would eliminate funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, among others.
We need your help to keep that federal funding intact.
We know that there is strong bipartisan support for public broadcasting in Congress and across the country, including here. But, we can’t take that support for granted.
Without it, WFIU and WTIU would lose about 15% of our funding or approximately $1.3 million. This would have a devastating impact on the programs and services that our viewers and listeners have come to expect.
Pat Harrison, who heads the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, notes that there is no viable substitute for federal funding; the Congressional Budget Office agrees. It is the seed money which stations leverage to raise more locally and regionally. It is one of America’s best investments at about $1.35 per citizen each year. That is a drop in the bucket of the federal budget, representing just .01% of total spending.
A recent survey (commissioned by PBS and run by Republican and Democratic pollsters) shows that public TV is rated as an excellent or good taxpayer value by 72% of voters. During the course of a year, 82% of all U.S. television households — and 200 million people — watch PBS. Public television has been rated No.1 in public trust among nationally known institutions for 14 straight years.
Public broadcasting is non-commercial and free to all Americans. We are trusted, valued and essential; we provide services ranging from emergency alerts to children’s education to crucial local news.
It will take all of us, raising our voices in unison, to ensure that our message is heard and has impact. We continue to work closely with other stations and national partners to remind members of Congress about the strong bipartisan support that exists for public media and the many ways member stations such as WFIU and WTIU serve their communities.
I am asking you to help us ensure that public media receives the critical investments needed to continue to deliver on our important mission.
Go to Protect My Public Media and sign a petition to help save local stations.
We also invite you to contact your senators and member of Congress directly and make your voice heard.
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