CPB Statement on Department of Defense and Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Act of 2019

Sep 28, 2018

Washington, DC (September 28, 2018) -- Today, the President signed the Department of Defense and Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Act and Continuing Appropriations Act of 2019, which includes $445 million in FY 2021 for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). CPB President and CEO Patricia Harrison made the following statement.

“On behalf of the millions of Americans who connect with public media every day, CPB would like to thank Congress for its continued strong support. The federal appropriation to CPB ensures access to this free, non-commercial, high-quality content for all Americans.

With these funds, CPB supports more than 1,500 locally owned and operated public radio and television stations serving rural, small town and urban communities. Importantly, this funding underlies a vital public-private partnership that helps stations raise six dollars of non-federal support for every federal dollar. 

Americans of all ages turn to public media’s trusted, educational, cultural and informational content on the media platforms they prefer. The appropriation affirms CPB’s mission to serve unserved and underserved audiences, particularly children and minorities. And Congress’ support of $27.7 million for the Department of Education’s Ready To Learn program in FY19 benefits our nation’s youngest learners, especially from low-income communities, as they prepare for school and a lifetime of learning.

Public media stations explore issues of importance within their communities, convening local partners to address topics such as the workforce skills gap, the opioid epidemic, healthcare, and assistance for veterans transitioning to civilian life. CPB’s continuing investment in independent producers and diverse content ensures that the stories told on-air and online reflect our great nation.

Further, funding of $20 million for upgrading and replacing the public broadcasting interconnection system and other system infrastructure ensures seamless delivery of public media content to the American people.”

About the Corporation for Public Broadcasting
The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), a private, nonprofit corporation created by Congress in 1967, is the steward of the federal government’s investment in public broadcasting. It helps support the operations of more than 1,500 locally owned and operated public television and radio stations nationwide. CPB is also the largest single source of funding for research, technology and program development for public radio, television and related online services. For more information, visit cpb.org, follow us on Twitter @CPBmediaFacebook and LinkedIn and subscribe for other updates.

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