CPB Statement on Funding Decisions by the House and Senate Appropriations Committees

Sep 07, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 7, 2017) -- Patricia Harrison, president and CEO of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), made the following statement.

“The Corporation for Public Broadcasting provides funding for nearly 1,500 local public television and radio stations, as well as program producers who provide public media’s free and commercial-free content and services to Americans of all ages. We appreciate the House and Senate Appropriations Committees’ support in providing CPB with an advance appropriation of $445 million in FY 2020. This appropriation is vital in ensuring that public media’s distinctive, high-quality educational and informational content and emergency alert services continue to reach every American, regardless of where you live or your economic means.

The Committees’ support of the Department of Education’s Ready To Learn program benefits our nation’s youngest learners, especially from low income communities, as they prepare for school and a lifetime of learning. CPB further appreciates the Senate’s full support of the public broadcasting interconnection system, the infrastructure backbone that delivers content to and from local public media stations across the country. As Congress looks to complete the FY 2018 appropriations process, CPB looks forward to working with them to ensure funding for a healthy and vibrant public media system.

On behalf of the millions of Americans who consume and connect with public media every day, CPB would like to thank Congress for its continued strong support.”

About CPB

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 nearly 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 www.cpb.org, follow us on Twitter @CPBmediaFacebook and LinkedIn, and subscribe for email updates.