Protect My Public Media
In September, the House and Senate passed a short-term spending bill to keep the federal government, including public media, fully funded through the beginning of December. Immediately after, the bill was signed into law by the President.
Thank you to everyone who contacted their lawmakers last week and over the last few months. Together, we’ve been able to show key decision makers that public media funding is a smart investment in communities, education, public safety, civic society, culture and more.
Congress will debate funding again later this fall. To continue to protect funding, it will be important for us to remind lawmakers that we value public media when these negotiations take place.
We’ll alert you when we need your help. The best way to stay informed is to sign up for Protect My Public Media updates here.
Where We Are Now
Thanks to your ongoing action, public media funding is in a good position for the upcoming negotiations. Here’s where funding for your local stations stands today:
The House passed a Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 spending package that includes full funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and Ready To Learn. The bill does not include funding for Interconnection.
The Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies (Labor-HHS-Ed) Subcommittee and full Appropriations Committee approved its FY 2018 spending bill with full funding for all of public media’s programs. The Senate bill includes funding for public media’s essential Interconnection infrastructure system, which allows your stations to deliver the programming and public safety information you love and rely upon.
By joining the Protect My Public Media Action Network here, you can ensure that you’re informed as we begin to see movement on public media funding this fall.
WGTE is a proud partner in Protect my Public Media, a collaboration of local public radio and television stations, program producers and distributors, listeners and viewers who support a strong public media in the United States.
Ways to Take Action
Federal funding is essential to the funding mix that supports public broadcasting. CPB funing provides critical seed money and basic operating support to local stations, which leverage each $1 of federal funding to raise more than $6 from local sources - a tremendous return on the tazpayer investment. The below facts should help clarify how these federal dollars are used locally to support WGTE Public Media's mission:
How much federal funding does WGTE receive from CPB for TV and radio?
- $898,000/year - 22.3% of total revenues, an essential source of income
What does WGTE do with its federal funding?
- Pay, in part, for PBS, NPR, etc. programs: $1,079,300/year - 26% of expenses
How much revenue does WGTE receive from individual supporters like you?
- $1,355,000/year – 33.3% of total revenues, the largest single source of income
What would the loss of $898,000 in federal funding mean for WGTE?
- WGTE would have to make up the loss by appealing to already very generous, but challenged, donors to increase their annual contributions.
- If donors do not contribute enough money to make up for the loss of nearly $900,000, WGTE would not be able to pay its bills to PBS, NPR, etc.
- WGTE, after 65 years, would run the risk of going out of business.