[Update: the title for the post originally said “PBS.” My mistake. I meant NPR the whole time. I apologize.]
Just received this in my inbox:
You may be aware that the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1 this weekend, which completely eliminates federal funding for local public broadcasting stations.
We do not yet know the timing of the elimination of funds if the current proposal is also approved by the Senate. So, the funding picture is not yet clear, but the starting point for House and Senate negotiation is certainly not good.
We do know that an immediate and drastic drop in funding would have a profound impact on KUT and local stations throughout the country. KUT receives approximately $500,000 in federal funding through the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. We use about half for programs like Morning Edition and This American Life and about half for producing local news and music offerings.
To engage in the national conversation about funding public broadcasting, I urge you to visit 170 Million Americans for Public Broadcasting.
Regardless of what happens in Congress the fundamental strength and independence of KUT and public broadcasting comes from broad based community support. Now more than ever, we could use your support. You have our pledge to work hard every day to continue to earn it.
Director and General Manager
I seriously love KUT and public radio in general (what’s up, This American Life?).