CPB Statement on Supplemental Funding Decisions by the United States Congress

March 27, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 27, 2020) -- Patricia Harrison, president and CEO of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), made the following statement regarding the CARES Act, which includes $75,000,000 for CPB as emergency stabilization funding, being signed into law: 

“We greatly appreciate Congress’ recognition of the important role and extraordinary impact America’s public media stations have in their communities.  This vitally needed stabilization funding will help to ensure all Americans will continue to have access to crucial local and national services that are being provided by public media stations across our nation.

“CPB’s core mission is to ensure universal access to high-quality, non-commercial content and telecommunications services that educate and inform the public. As school districts close across our country due to the coronavirus outbreak, public television stations are offering their broadcast and online services to help teachers continue educational instruction at home. Public media journalists in all 50 states are playing a vital role informing the local community about the latest coronavirus developments, delivering critical reporting and spotlighting local resources intended to help Americans navigate these uncertain times.

“Further, in many states and local communities, public media stations’ digital and broadcast infrastructure provide the backbone for emergency alert, public safety, first responder and homeland security services. This stabilization funding will safeguard the nation’s ability to continue to deliver emergency alerts and essential safety information.”

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