PBS, Hollywood Respond To Donald Trump’s Devastating Arts Budget Cuts Proposal

But the impact of the cuts would be a lot closer to home.

As President Donald Trump’s newly-released budget proposal threatens to decimate funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, many are pointing out the vital service public television provides to Americans across the country.

About half of the $445 million provided every year to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting is distributed among 350 member stations to fund the operations of local PBS member stations.

But arts advocates say that those most adversely affected will in fact be rural Americans and not a big-city elite against whom Trump frequently rails. “But we can’t ask them to continue to pay for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting”.

Losing a significant percentage of their annual budget would obviously be hard for the local public media station, especially with their current plans to expand their programming thanks to a recent deal with the FCC. Pence called Butler “a man universally respected in our nation’s capital”, and then launched into an extraordinary speech extolling the values of public media-remarks that Butler would later say he could have written himself. Earlier this year, insiders said the budget would likely include a number of proposals from conservative groups like the Heritage Foundation and the Republican Study Committee, both of which recommended de-funding public broadcasters.

The deadline for the 2018 budget to be passed is October 1 and there’s a sense of pessimism that the budget won’t be passed in time.

In his acceptance speech for the award, Pence, now the Vice President, revealed he’s a huge Downton Abbey fan-“there is to be no discussion or tweeting among our children about what happens with Edith, what exactly Mr. Bates is up to, or whether Mary will pick a new suitor”, he said. To a degree unequaled by any other medium, Public Television should be a mirror of the American Style. Second, tell your friends and family that public radio may lose its funding if they don’t speak up in support of it across America. That partnership is more important now than ever before.

From its inception, public radio has been a collaboration between NPR, public radio stations and our listeners.

As President Donald Trumps budget ax slashes most discretionary federal spending other than for the military, the friends of Big Bird are anxious they may be collateral damage.

The national organizations – PBS and NPR – rely on contributions from all of the stations throughout the country. Trump’s budget suggests eliminating funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. These stations are heavily dependent on federal funding because they can’t generate enough revenue through pledge drives or other means to keep them going.

The total budget for both endowments is about $300 million, which, when combined with CPB’s budget of about $450 million amounts to less than.02% of the annual federal budget. And it’s doubtful any station could survive a 50 percent cut. “Federal funding is an essential ingredient to making this possible”.

What would happen if VPR lost CPB funding? John Pastore, Rogers offered a passionate defense of public television and its children’s programming, which would be further transformed just a few months later with Sesame Street’s debut in November.

“There is no viable substitute for federal funding that ensures Americans have universal access to public media’s educational and informational programming and services”, the CPB said in a statement. In other words, even if PBS didn’t exist, parents could find Sesame Street on TV or on HBO GO if they have a subscription, or they could alternatively purchase a streaming-only subscription to HBO Now for $14.99 a month.

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