CPB Statement on FY 2017 Budget Request

Feb 09, 2016

Washington, D.C. (February 9, 2016) - Today the President submitted to Congress his fiscal year (FY) 2017 budget request. This budget provides the Corporation for Public Broadcasting with a $445 million advance appropriation in FY 2019, $50 million for public broadcasting interconnection in FY 2016, and level funding for the Department of Education’s Ready To Learn program. 

As steward of the federal appropriation, CPB supports the operations of more than 1,400 locally owned and operated public television and radio stations nationwide, and is the largest single source of funding for research, technology, and program development for public media. Patricia Harrison, president and CEO of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) made the following statement regarding the Administration’s FY 2017 budget request.

“This federal investment is so important as it reflects the nation’s enduring support of public media and allows public media stations throughout the country, rural and urban, to build on this financial foundation to leverage support from the private sector.  This uniquely American public-private partnership provides tested educational programming for our youngest citizens and lifelong learning for all ages free of charge and commercial free.  At the same time, public media produces high quality, in depth, trusted journalism covering local, national and global issues focused on increasing our knowledge and strengthening our civic society.  CPB looks forward to working with the Administration and Congress to ensure a strong public media service.”