Protect My Public Media

Thanks to your emails, calls, and tweets, the House Appropriations Committee approved critical funding for your local stations in the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Bill, including:
  • 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.
However, Interconnection funding, which is the backbone of the public media system and allows stations to send you programming and emergency communications, was eliminated. While we were disappointed that we couldn’t safeguard Interconnection, we’re thrilled that CPB and Ready To Learn funding was provided in today’s tough fiscal environment.

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.

Over the next few months, we’ll be fighting to preserve funding in the final House Bill and ensure full funding is provided in the Senate draft. If you haven't voiced your opinion yet, there's still time to take action.

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

1. Join the action network at Protect My Public Media to recieve updates.

2. Tell Congress to support Public Media funding - email, tweet or call, we have tools to make it easy 

3. Share the message with your friends and networks


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. 

If you have any other questions about funding or WGTE's finances, please contact Sarah Householder at (419) 380-4646 or .