Protect My Public Media
- Full funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), which directly distributes seed funding to your public radio & public television stations.
- Full funding for Ready To Learn, which supports rigorously researched and proven-effective educational content for children.
What Happens Next
The Senate is still putting together its version of this appropriations bill for Subcommittee consideration. And with Congress preparing to leave D.C. in August, the next action on public media funding will likely be in the fall. While we advanced another step, there are still a few more steps to go to secure full funding.
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.