Many of you have asked how WFIU is faring these days. The answer is that, in short, we are making ends meet—but like so many of you, we are trimming budgets deeply.
Hiring is frozen and several program initiatives and technology purchases have been postponed. Only necessary travel is approved. Training for personnel, though reduced, is still taking place in critical areas thanks to your generous contribution to the Robert Samels Memorial Fund for staff training.
We are in the midst of a perfect storm in funding reductions. All our sources (federal, state, institutional, corporate, individual) are at risk and the scenario changes daily.
As of this writing, Governor Daniel’s proposal to zero out state funding to public broadcasting was challenged in the House and is now being debated in the Senate. We are prepared to accept cuts equal to those of other public service institutions, but vigorously oppose the Governor’s proposal.
On the federal level, public broadcasting leadership formulated a request to the Administration and Congress for an additional $307 million for its 2010 budget to assist stations in dealing with the financial impact of the nation’s economic crisis.
On the institutional level, IU is experiencing deep reductions in many areas, as are our corporate supporters. Individual support is still very strong in number of members, though we are seeing dips in the dollar amount of contributions.
Despite all, we are still hanging in while we wait to hear from the state, the university, and the federal government. Our strategy is to preserve our main missions: programming and public service to the community. Times are very tough, but it’s at times like these that you know who your loyal friends are.
Thanks to all of you for your concern and your support. We’ll keep you posted as the situation develops.