Tell Congress: We Need Public Media
NPR and PBS, and the hundreds of local public-media stations affiliated with them, receive the bulk of their funding in the form of private capital from individual contributors, foundations and corporations — because the federal government invests very little in our public-media system.
But Republicans in Congress frequently propose eliminating all federal funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a main revenue source for the hundreds of local NPR and PBS stations that air Sesame Street and PBS NewsHour.
A 2022 poll rated PBS and its 350 member stations as the most-trusted nationally known institution. Survey respondents also rated the federal funding that supports PBS as taxpayer money “well spent.”1 Lawmakers need to listen to their constituents and stop putting public-media funding on the chopping block.
We’ve beaten back threats to slash funding for public media before. And we can do it again. Urge Congress to protect public media.
1. “PBS and Member Stations Named ‘Most Trusted’ Media Organization for 19 Consecutive Years,” PBS press release, March 17, 2022