Future of Public Media

Free Press is working to create policies that expand funding for public media and make it more digital and diverse. 

Surveys show that most Americans consider public broadcasting more trustworthy and educational than commercial media. Yet every year public media must face congressional scrutiny and endure budget cuts and threats to end all funding. Instead of being free to focus on delivering relevant news and information, public broadcasters are forced to fight for their survival. It’s time to rethink how Congress funds public media and build a stronger firewall against political meddling.

New technologies are sparking a revolution in media making and present a unique opportunity to reimagine and reinvigorate public media for the digital age. We are working to help create strong partnerships between public broadcasters and the communities they serve. By including more voices and perspectives, public media can heighten its cultural and social relevance and expand its audience base.

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Press Releases

  • Romney’s Threats to Public Media Ignore Popular Will

    August 15, 2012

    WASHINGTON – In an interview published Wednesday in Fortune, presidential candidate Mitt Romney said that he would eliminate funding for public broadcasting if elected.

  • New Report: Cutting Public Media Funding 'Risks the Collapse of the System'

    June 21, 2012

    WASHINGTON — An independent analysis of public media funding requested by Congress has found that "the loss of federal support for public broadcasting risks the collapse of the system.” The public media newspaper Current first reported the study’s findings.

  • New Study Finds Investment in Public Media Around the World Leads to Better News

    February 17, 2011

    NEW YORK – Even as public media are under attack on Capitol Hill, a new report shows how increasing, not cutting, federal funding can promote quality, independent journalism. The study, Public Media and Political Independence: Lessons for the Future of Journalism from Around the World, analyzes public media systems in 14 democratic countries, from Australia to Finland and France to Japan.

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  • Public Media

    We can have an under-funded public media system that is vulnerable to constantly changing political winds, or we can aspire to a public media system that makes use of all technologies available to inspire, educate and inform.
  • Community TV

    Public access, educational and governmental television, or PEG stations, are local TV channels that provide programming as diverse as the communities they’re based in. Public access TV plays a vital role in forging community identity. Offerings range from local music videos to city council meetings to community sporting events, and a whole lot in between.

People + Policy

= Positive Change for the Public Good

people + policy = Positive Change for the Public Good