Statement by Patricia Harrison, President and CEO of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, on the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016

Dec 16, 2015

Washington, DC (December 16, 2015) -- The following statement should be attributed to Patricia de Stacy Harrison, president and CEO of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB):

“Today, the U.S. Congress filed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of  2016, which provides  $445 million for CPB’s FY 2018 advance appropriation, $40 million for upgrading and replacing the public broadcasting interconnection system and $25.74 million for the Department of Education’s Ready To Learn program. The legislation reaffirms that federal funding, an integral component of a public private partnership, in public media is a vital investment – one that continues to deliver proven value and service to all Americans.

On behalf of the millions of Americans who consume and connect with public media every day, CPB would like to thank Congress and the President for their continued strong support. The federal appropriation provides essential funding for 1,400 locally-owned and -operated public television and radio stations across the country. Federal funding ensures that public media serves all American communities, and makes possible the production of local, regional and national content that educates, informs, inspires and entertains.

This legislation further recognizes the imminent need to upgrade and replace the aging public broadcasting interconnection system, which serves as the content delivery system for all public media stations. CPB, as the steward of the federal appropriation, will ensure that these dollars are spent to achieve the most cost-effective and technologically advanced system possible on behalf of public media and the American people.

The legislation also provides funding for Ready To Learn which is an innovative public media initiative that improves the math and literacy skills of our nation’s youngest learners, ages 2-8 years, especially those who come from low-income backgrounds. This work is carried out both nationally and locally in collaboration with leading children’s producers, educational technologists, researchers, local public television stations and community partners.  The appropriation will support their ongoing work creating, evaluating and distributing high-quality content that helps to increase the learning potential of preschool and elementary school children.”

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 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 radio, television and related online services.