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Patricia Harrison, CEO of CPB, Responds to the House Labor, HHS, Education Appropriations Bill

  • July 17, 2012

The following statement is attributed to Patricia Harrison, president and CEO of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB):

This House Labor, HHS, Education Appropriations Bill would clearly begin the elimination of CPB funding. This action is in stark contrast to the overwhelming trust and value the American people place in our country’s public broadcasting service. As a report requested by Congress recently found:

“The loss of federal support (for public broadcasting) would mean the end of public broadcasting, and with it the end of an extraordinarily useful national teaching tool, the loss of the most trusted source of news and public affairs programs in the nation, the erosion of our national memory and exceptional culture, the compromise of our civil defense and emergency alert system, and the demise of a federal investment that the American people consider a better use of tax dollars than any other except national defense.”

Without the federal investment in public broadcasting, the high-quality content, universal service, and accountability that federal funding has fostered and ensured for the last 45 years would end. The issue of federal funding, and the recommendations in this bill, go directly to whether the United States should have a public broadcasting system.

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