President Trump has PBS and NPR directly in his crosshairs as he puts together a proposal to drastically reduce federal spending.
His plan is rumored to reduce federal spending by $10.5 trillion over the next 10 years. The Corporation for Public Broadcasting would be privatized and the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities would be permanently eliminated.
Reports are coming in that PBS is seriously worried:
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According to one estimate the CPB costs $445 million annually while the NEA and NEH cost $250 million, totaling $695 million.
The CPB issues a statement in an attempt to garner support for continued funding:
“The federal investment in public media is vital seed money — especially for stations located in rural America, and those serving underserved populations where the appropriation counts for 40-50% of their budget. The loss of this seed money would have a devastating effect. These stations would have to raise approximately 200% more in private donations to replace the federal investment. Moreover, the entire public media service would be severely debilitated.”
What do you think? Time to cut funding for PBS and NPR?