Attacks on Public Media

Every year, for almost a decade, Americans have ranked public television as the institution they trust most. And more than 70 percent of Americans see funding for public television as money “well spent.” Exactly how much do Americans spend to support this resource? Pocket change: The United States spends less than$1.50 per person on public broadcasting — 20 times less than Germany and a whopping 70 times less than Denmark.

Yet every year a few members of Congress threaten public media’s survival with legislation that would gut CPB’s funding.

And state-level budget battles have eroded funding for public broadcasters around the country. In 2011, Free Press released the first-ever inventory of state funding cuts and examined the impact these reductions have had on local stations.

Free Press continues to fight for public media funding in the face of these attacks and is working to build a new movement of people to protect and expand noncommercial media in the United States.

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  • Advocates to Deliver 660,000 Petition Signatures to Congress Urging 'Hands Off PBS Kids!'

    March 20, 2017
    WASHINGTON — Kids and parents will rally on the steps of Capitol Hill with well-known PBS characters at 11 a.m. EDT on Tuesday to deliver more than 660,000 petition signatures urging Congress to reject Donald Trump’s efforts to eliminate federal funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
  • Free Press Action Fund: Trump's Plan to Axe Public Broadcasting to Be Met with Fierce Public Opposition

    March 16, 2017
    WASHINGTON — On Thursday, President Donald Trump proposed the elimination of all federal funding for public broadcasting, a main revenue source for local PBS and NPR stations across the country.
  • FCC Chairman Genachowski to Step Down

    March 21, 2013
    WASHINGTON -- The Wall Street Journal reports that Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski will announce on Friday that he will step down from his position as head of the agency. Free Press President and CEO Craig Aaron made the following statement: "When Julius Genachowski took office, there were high hopes that he would use his powerful position to promote the public interest. But instead of acting as the people's champion, he’s catered to corporate interests."
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